Time for a change.

In this instance, that statement applies to both the team and the coach as Dan Weekley has decided to step down as head boys' basketball coach at Newcomerstown High after a seven-year stint.

"It's the right time for me to let somebody else have a crack at it," offered Weekley. " I spent seven years (with the Trojans), and I've really enjoyed my time there, but I just felt I needed to take a step away and figure out what I want next, plus my wife is possibly going to be transferred with her job to either Akron or Columbus, so it was just the right time to make the move.

"It was an extreme challenge," Weekley said, referring the schedule grind of the always-tough Inter-Valley Conference. "I wish we would have had more success, but I feel we competed just about every night.

The Trojans posted a 7-16 overall record this year (3-11 in the IVC), but Weekley pointed out that six losses were by a total of 15 points.

"We had six close ones this year against some really good competition," he said. "The league is a tough one top to bottom and we face teams like Hiland, Garaway and Malvern that are state-ranked and in the district, regional and even state tournaments on a regular basis."

Weekley, whose seven-year mark at NHS was 40-108, is pleased with how the program as a whole gained added interest during his tenure.

"I think we've done a lot of good things," he said. "When I started, they asked me to develop a youth program and we had 87 kids in the K-6 program this year. I'm real pleased with the involvement of the kids now and I think the future is bright."

He also feels the core of players returning at NHS bodes well for his successor.

"Next year's team should be competitive," he said. "There are several good kids returning and they will continue to improve. I don't feel as if I'm leaving things empty by any means."

Prior to coming to Newcomerstown, Weekley spent three years as head coach at Meadowbrook High; was an assistant at Muskingum University for a year and an assistant at Zanesville High for a season.

Weekley, a 1991 graduate of Cambridge High School and a 1998 graduate of Ohio Valley University, is a third grade teacher at West Elementary in Newcomerstown. He and his wife, Aimee, have two children - Cameron (6) and Payton (4).