Hesford resigns from BHS

Bayfield boys basketball coach steps down after four-year run

Bayfield High School boys basketball coach Bill Hesford resigned Tuesday.

Hesford said his decision to step down stems from the demands of the head coaching job “draining me personally and professionally.” He said the basketball schedule started to take way too much time from his wife and two daughters and from his third-grade classroom at Bayfield Elementary School.

“Bill’s such a quality person,” BHS athletic director Dave Preszler said. “He’s a good man, a good father and just a good person. And you like to have people like that around your kids, but sometimes life gets in the way.”

The 2012-13 season was Hesford’s fourth at the helm of the program and his eighth overall as a BHS coach. And it arguably was his most difficult, too.

The Wolverines posted a 3-19 record last season, which ended March 2. They were 0-8 in the Intermountain League.

For his career, Hesford was 32-55 at BHS.

“I feel like I advanced our program,” Hesford said. “Couple of tough seasons while I was there, but at the same time, I think our programs moved forward.

“Personally, I built some great relationships with some great kids from Bayfield ... it was more about the relationships for me.”

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