Aaron Rehrer steps down as coach of Wayne boys basketball program

Outside the Huddle confirmed on Friday that Aaron Rehrer has resigned from the position of head boys basketball coach at Wayne High School, citing the desire to spend more time with his family.

“I sat down with the players (on Thursday) and let them know what is going on,” Rehrer said. “I didn’t want to be a distraction before the SAC banquet. My son is four years old and I now have a 3-month-old daughter. I reached the point this year where I kept feeling like I would really like to be home. This is a tough job with long hours for 10 or 11 months out of the year.

“With a lot of our kids having success (in college), I would love to have the freedom to go watch them play as well.”

Rehrer went 96-105 in nine years with the Generals, reaching double-digit victories six times, including the past three seasons.

“I have made a lot of tough coaching decisions over the years,” said Rehrer, who has spent the last 14 years coaching in the SAC in some capacity. “This is the toughest one I ever had to make.”

Aaron Rehrer watches from the sidelines while coaching Wayne against Huntington North in the March 2 sectional title game at Wayne High School.

Rehrer has been one of the constants in the SAC over the past decade. He was the fourth-longest tenured coach in the conference, behind Matt Kostoff of Bishop Dwenger and Chris Johnson of Homestead (20 years) and Marty Beasley of Carroll (14 years).

He has coached the second longest in the conference however with Homestead and Carroll not being part of the SAC during all of Johnson or Beasley’s times at those schools.

Overall, just six area coaches have been at their current school longer than Rehrer led the Generals.

“It has always been about relationships,” said Rehrer when looking back at what he will remember from his time at Wayne. “It sounds cliché but I just tried to make a positive impact on kids. To some I was a father. To some I was a friend.

“I just tried to coach the kids the game and gave it my all for nine years.”

Rehrer said that this decision is by no means a permanent one, with a return to coaching a possibility in the future. For now, he is going to continue to teach at Wayne and get his coaching fix via another outlet – t-ball.

“There are only six kids in t-ball, so I should be able to handle it,” said Rehrer with a laugh. “I’m comfortable with my decision. I am not leaving on bad terms and whoever the next guy is I will help them however I can.”




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