March 12, 2013 | 03:47 PMWALWORTH — The man of many hats is hanging one up for good.
After two years as head coach of the Big Foot boys basketball squad, Tim Collins is stepping down from his duties.
Collins will remain a teacher, the school's athletic director and the head cross country coach. According to Collins, he was simply a short-term answer for the Chiefs boys hoops program.
"I never took the job as a long-term solution for the boys program," Collins said. "I originally took it since no one else would and we needed to get things going. My goal was to get the program back on stable ground. After coaching high school for 24 years and youth for 8 years, I decided that was enough."
Big Foot finished 7-16 this season and lost in the first round of the playoffs. It was a four-game improvement over 2012's 3-20 finish.
The Chiefs haven't had a winning season since 2009-10, when they won the Rock Valley South title and posted an overall record of 13-11.
Collins said the head coaching position is demanding, with plenty of offseason dedication required.
"When I considered all the summer hours looming ahead and the long season, it was an easy decision," he said. "Someone with more energy than me can take over."
Now, Collins has the unique task of hiring someone to replace him.
"We will go through the search and interview process for a successor," he said. "We need someone with the time and dedication to continue to move the program forward. They will need to work in the offseason and help with the youth program during the season."
Collins, who also coached girls high school basketball in the past, enjoyed the challenge of boys basketball, which he was said was a faster-paced game.
So as an athletic director, how would Collins evaluate his job performance as head boys basketball coach?
"I feel I got the program moving in the right direction," he said. "We are stable now and need someone to take it to the next level."