Dwight MacDonald announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down as the Arroyo Grande High girls basketball coach, ending a three-year stint that had the Eagles capturing their first-ever CIF-Southern Section title in March.
He will continue to be the school’s athletic director.
His decision stems from the difficulties of having two “full-time jobs.”
“I had three fantastic years,” he said. “I had three fantastic groups of kids. They were a lot of fun to coach. If I wasn’t the athletic director, I’d coach. But there’s just a lot of stuff going on all the time.
“Every once in a while, you have to sacrifice one for the other, and that’s not really fair.”
He was also the Eagles girls basketball coach from 1986-88. He was the school’s AD from 1990-98 and has held down the same position since 2007.
In the last three years, MacDonald guided the Eagles to two PAC 7 titles and a combined 68-19 record.
Last season, Arroyo Grande completed a historic run by winning the school’s 12th league title with a 12-0 record and finishing with a 27-6 mark that included the CIF-Southern Section title and two state tournament wins.
Despite the success, he resigned to help centralize his focus.
“Bottom line, it was basically two full-time jobs,” MacDonald noted.
“To do it right, you have to be full-time coaching the girls. That’s 11 months to the year. To do the athletic director’s job right, that’s 12 months to the year. And that doesn’t even include my family.”