Gar-Field High School girls basketball coach Fred Milbert, who built the Indians into a Washington area power over the past 15 years, has resigned to accept an administrative position with Prince William County public schools.
Milbert's teams went 327-62 and won 11 district titles, four regional titles and the 1998 Virginia AAA state title, one of seven state tournament appearances. Gar-Field sent 28 players to college programs during his tenure.
Milbert, 45, stepped down July 19 to become curriculum supervisor for health, physical education, driver's education, athletics, art, music and ROTC for Prince William schools.
"There comes a time in your career when you ask yourself if you can do what you're doing at another level," Milbert said. "That level for me would be coaching in college or an athletic director position or what I'm in right now. It's a great opportunity."
Gar-Field went 20-5 last winter and won its 11th consecutive district title. The Dale City school lost just three seniors and should return leading scorers Kia Manuel and Nikki Wells in the winter.
"The program's in great shape in every facet you can think of," said Milbert, who is recommending Gar-Field assistant Larry Baker as his replacement. "I think the kids are going to keep it going. I know they are. They are very proud of that program. They're the ones who've done the work and put the time in. I've just been the leader of it."