• Watch: GTPA Top 5, PIAA playoffs
    Watch: GTPA Top 5, PIAA playoffs
  • Watch: The complete Kate Bauhof Snapchat Takeover
    Watch: The complete Kate Bauhof Snapchat Takeover
  • Watch: Spring Grove peaking in playoffs
    Watch: Spring Grove peaking in playoffs
  • Watch: Palmyra-Archbishop Carroll top 5 plays
    Watch: Palmyra-Archbishop Carroll top 5 plays
  • Watch: Top 5 plays, Southern Fulton girls
    Watch: Top 5 plays, Southern Fulton girls
  • Watch: Northeastern wins in double overtime
    Watch: Northeastern wins in double overtime
  • Watch: Bobcats have way with Upper Merion
    Watch: Bobcats have way with Upper Merion
  • Watch: Northeastern dunk sparks state run
    Watch: Northeastern dunk sparks state run
  • Watch: Top 5 plays from McConnellsburg boys
    Watch: Top 5 plays from McConnellsburg boys
  • Watch: Top 5 Greencastle plays vs. Upper Merion
    Watch: Top 5 Greencastle plays vs. Upper Merion
  • Watch: The complete Elise Knobloch Takeover
    Watch: The complete Elise Knobloch Takeover
  • Watch: Lebanon/Plymouth-Whitemarsh top 5 plays
    Watch: Lebanon/Plymouth-Whitemarsh top 5 plays
  • Watch: Top 5 plays from Southern Fulton's first-round win
    Watch: Top 5 plays from Southern Fulton's first-round win
  • Watch: Palmyra-Pottsville top 5 plays
    Watch: Palmyra-Pottsville top 5 plays
  • Watch: Highlights from So. Fulton's first round of states
    Watch: Highlights from So. Fulton's first round of states
  • Watch: Elise Knobloch to host Snapchat Takeover
    Watch: Elise Knobloch to host Snapchat Takeover
  • Watch: Player dedicates game to late York player
    Watch: Player dedicates game to late York player
  • Watch: GameTime previews YAIAA teams in state tourney
    Watch: GameTime previews YAIAA teams in state tourney
  • Watch: P.O. Sports Talk, PIAA preview
    Watch: P.O. Sports Talk, PIAA preview
  • Watch: Lebanon Co. PIAA hoops preview
    Watch: Lebanon Co. PIAA hoops preview
  • Watch: CASHS Crazies have become Chambersburg's 6th man
    Watch: CASHS Crazies have become Chambersburg's 6th man
LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE

When Max Laing resigned his post as Gettysburg High School's girls' basketball coach last week, Warriors boys' basketball coach Jeff Bair had a decision to make.

It involved his family.

Bair coached his son Sean, the current boys' coach at New Oxford, but he didn't have the opportunity to coach his oldest daughter, Ellen, when she played at Gettysburg. With his youngest daughter, Anne, about to complete seventh grade, Bair couldn't pass up the opportunity to coach his daughter.

So he set in motion the process of moving from the school's varsity boys' basketball coach to becoming school's varsity girls' basketball coach.

"I have been coaching my daughter's group through our Chillies AAU program for three years," Bair said. "With the job being available, it was a now-or-never decision, which took a lot of time."

When Bair arrived at Gettysburg in 2005, the boys' program was coming off a 4-19 season, but it hadn't hit rock bottom yet. That would come in Bair's first two seasons at the helm with the Warriors posting 2-22 records in each of them.

The tide began to turn in 2007-08 when the Warriors posted a 15-10 record and qualified for the District 3 tournament for the first time since 2003. That commenced a run of eight district appearances in nine years, including six in a row from 2011-16. It also featured back-to-back PIAA tournament appearances, in 2015 and 2016, the first time the Warriors earned a state tournament berth since 1984.

Bair also guided the team to the Mid-Penn Colonial division title in 2012-13, the first time the school had captured a division title in boys basketball since 1993-94.

He posted a 138-149 record in his time leading the boys' team, and his teams went 134-105 in the final 10 years.

"Overall, the boys program is in a very good place," Bair said. "Our youth program is strong, and we have a solid group of kids at almost every level. There are a lot of pros and few cons on either staying with the boys or moving to the girls. Anne tilted the balance, I think. While coaching your child can be difficult, it will at least be a mutual work together."

Even though he will no longer be coaching the boys, Bair is still committed to the Mid-Penn/YAIAA Showcase event that takes place annually in January. Though he did hint at possible changes in the future.

"I am working on making sure that the Showcase remains next year in its present form," he said. "Hopefully, in the future, it will become more of a coed event."

LINKEDINCOMMENTMORE
Read or Share this story: http://gtpa.co/2ohP0ys