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Sports

Girls Basketball: Dave Beebe steps down at Oswego

Oswego head coach Dave Beebe calls a timeout during Saturday's consolation game in the Oswego East Holiday Classic. The Panthers fell 42-39 to the Knights to end the tournament.
Oswego head coach Dave Beebe calls a timeout during Saturday's consolation game in the Oswego East Holiday Classic. The Panthers fell 42-39 to the Knights to end the tournament.

Dave Beebe harbors no hard feelings.

He could tell, though, that it was time to part ways at Oswego.

Beebe resigned as head coach of the Panthers' girls basketball program on Wednesday, citing "philosophical differences" with Oswego administration.

Beebe was head coach for three seasons at Oswego, and assistant for one year prior to that.

"There was a difference in philosophy, it's not like I did anything wrong," Beebe said. "[Oswego Athletic Director Darren] Howard thinks the program is going in the wrong direction. He's entitled to that opinion. I thought about it long and hard. It's a good administration, and I love the kids. I thought maybe it's better if I just step down."

Beebe went 15-68 in three seasons as head coach at Oswego, 3-23 this past season. The Panthers did finish on a high note, upsetting Plainfield Central in the first round of regionals and playing Yorkville competitively in a regional semifinal.

Oswego at times started three sophomores and a freshman, with more sophomores coming off the bench. The Panthers' sophomore team went 18-5 this past season and the freshman were 16-6.

"For the most part we didn't win a lot of games at the varsity level, but it wasn't for a lack of effort," Beebe said. "I sent a letter to the kids that you won't be defined by wins and losses in basketball."

Beebe, who lives in Oswego and teaches at Ira Jones Middle School in Plainfield, joined Oswego's coaching staff in 2015 after 17 seasons at Rosary, the last 12 as head coach. In his one year as assistant to Chad Pohlmann, Oswego went 22-10, won a share of the Southwest Prairie Conference title and reached a sectional final for the second straight year.

When Pohlmann moved over to the boys program, Beebe took the reins of a girls program in transition. Oswego graduated three Division I players off the sectional finalist.

Oswego went 4-26 Beebe's first season.

"Dave inherited a tough position once Chad moved to the boys program and the progress over his three years as head coach was not where we felt it should have been at this point and we just did not agree on the timeline for the future," Howard said in an email. "I respect his opinions and his coaching philosophies, but it just did not line up at this point in time. We very much thank him for his years at Oswego and for all he did for our student-athletes and the girls program on and off the court.  We know he will continue on in his basketball career and wish him the very best at his next post."

Howard noted that Oswego will post the position immediately and work to hire a new coach "as quickly as the process will allow."

"We will be looking for a coach that has a strong program-based philosophy and the experience to grow the program back to its former prominence," Howard said.

As for Beebe, it's likely too soon to determine what the future holds.

"I don't know if I'm looking for a head coaching job. Maybe it's not a bad idea to be an assistant, or freshman or sophomore coach," Beebe said. "If something comes up, we'll see. And I hope [Oswego] can have success. They're good kids and I wish them well."

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