SCHENECTADY — In a move the school’s athletic director called a “surprise,” Eric Loudis resigned his position Wednesday as varsity boys’ basketball head coach at Schenectady High School.
“This definitely wasn’t easy,” Loudis said.
After teaching for 12 years at Schenectady, Loudis — a Waterford resident — said he accepted a teaching position in the Lansingburgh Central School District this summer, a move which should become official next week. That job change, combined with where he lives, he said, made devoting the attention needed to run Schenectady’s boys’ basketball program too difficult.
Such a rationale made sense to Schenectady athletic director Steve Boynton, who accepted Loudis’ resignation Wednesday morning.
“Eric put in countless hours for us,” Boynton said. “He was there day and night, at summer programs, at youth camps, working with the Schenectady youth basketball program, trying to help kids develop. He spent relentless hours working with our kids trying to build our program.”
Loudis, 35, took control of Schenectady’s varsity prior to the 2010-11 season as the successor to Mark Sausville, who is slated to become the next head coach at Scotia-Glenville after the resignation of Jim Giammattei earlier this summer. Under Loudis, Schenectady’s best season was its most recent, a 2016-17 campaign in which it won 17 games and made its first appearance in the sectional semifinals since 2006.
“He did a nice job for us,” Boynton said. “He’s just changing where he is in his life. There’s no hard feelings on anyone’s behalf.”
Boynton added: “He’d be welcomed back if he called me back and said he changed his mind.”
Loudis said wanting to be able to spend more time with his family also played a large role in his decision to step down at Schenectady. He said he wanted to be able to spend more time helping to care for his father Joe Loudis — a New York State Basketball Hall of Fame coach — and that his first child is expected early next year.
“This [new job] is closer for me. I never thought I would have left,” Loudis said. “But this situation is right for me at this time.”
Loudis said he would consider future coaching opportunities. He resigned, but is not retiring.
“I always have that burning desire,” Loudis said. “But when I do something, I go 100 percent all the time.”
Boynton said there is no firm timeline on when a new coach will be named for a program that won state titles in 1998 and 2001. He said he’d like to have a coach in place for when the school year starts, and that candidates from within the district and outside of it would be considered.
“You never know [who will apply],” Boynton said. “Varsity basketball at Schenectady is a big job.”
Loudis said he had “nothing but gratitude” for the opportunity to coach at Schenectady.
“I’m going to miss my kids,” Loudis said. “They gave me the opportunity and hopefully we got the program back on track.”