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Jon Reichard will not return for an eighth season as the boys' varsity head basketball coach at Eastern York High School.

The decision, Reichard said, was not his.

"I did not want to stop coaching there, but a certain group of people won out," said Reichard, who learned from school officials that he would not be retained on Monday, March 5.

Reichard, who is still a history teacher at Eastern York High School, did not want to go into further detail about why the school decided to relieve him of his coaching duties, preferring, he said, to take the "high road."

He did say, however, that he hopes to stay on the sidelines.

"I don't want to stop coaching," he said. "Maybe someone else out there will need my services somewhere down the line. I have a burning desire to coach. I put my heart and soul into it."

The Golden Knights finished 9-13 overall this past season and 5-7 in York-Adams Division II. Eastern just missed out on a District 3 Class 4-A playoff berth.

During his tenure at Eastern, Reichard had a 94-73 career record, including a York-Adams Division III co-championship in 2013. His only other single-season losing record, before this past season, came in his first season in 2011-2012, when the Knights went 7-15.

Reichard, 51, says he's proud of what he accomplished with the Knights.

"The key word is program," said Reichard, who is a 1985 graduate of Eastern York. "We got everything righted all the way through the program, from the youth level on up. We put a lot of effort into that and got a lot of compliments from other coaches about that."

Reichard's best season came in 2015-2016, when Eastern finished 22-7 overall. The Knights advanced to the District 3 Class 3-A title game that season, before falling to Bishop McDevitt in the finals.

When asked what he considered to be the highlights of his Eastern tenure, Reichard said: "Coaching my son (Dalton, during his first two years as the Knights' head coach) and the 2016 team that went to the district championship."

Reichard missed three games during the 2016-2017 season. At the time, no reason was given for his absence, but Reichard confirmed Wednesday that he was suspended, though the reason is still undisclosed.

Reichard also survived a bout with prostate cancer is 2016. When asked about his health, he said he's "hanging in there."

The school's athletic director, Donald K. Knaub II, sent out an email on Wednesday, March 14, that the school was looking for a new varsity boys' head coach.

The email said anyone interested in applying can do so at the Eastern York School District website. The job opening was posted Monday, March 12.

Efforts to reach Knaub, by phone and email, were not successful.

Reach Steve Heiser at sheiser@yorkdispatch.com.

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