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Morse basketball coach steps down

04/14/2015, 5:00pm PDT
By Steve Brand, Special to the U-T

Sumler guided Tigers to a San Diego Section title and three Eastern League championships

Morse boys basketball coach Bobby Sumler guided the Tigers to a runner-up finish in Division I this season.

When Bobby Sumler became head basketball coach at Morse High eight years ago, he told his players his goal was to return the Tigers to prominence.

Sumler certainly did that, leading Morse to a San Diego Section Division I championship in 2013-14, a section runner-up finish this winter and three Eastern League titles.

After attending the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis last week, Sumler confirmed that he will be stepping down at Morse to pursue landing an assistant position on the college level.

“It’s time,” said Sumler, whose record in eight seasons was 150-88, including 135-55 the last six years. “I wanted to get the school and community back to where we belong, and we did that. That community has supported us in droves.”

The last two years the Tigers had no chance to participate in the state playoffs no matter how they fared in the section Division I bracket, but Sumler said that had nothing to do with his decision.

“I believe whoever succeeds me will make the Open Division this coming year,” said Sumler, noting that 6-foot-10 Brandon McCoy will return with several other key players. “If we had beaten Mira Mesa, we would have been in the Open this year and even if we lost there, we could have played in Division III for the state.

“There’s never a good time (to leave), but I just feel this is the right time for me.”

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