Earlier this month, Reedsburg High School boys basketball coach Brian Bestor stepped down from the position he held for seven years.
On Thursday, he admitted it may not have been entirely his choice.
“You can say I reluctantly walked away,” Bestor said.
Bestor — whose team finished 14-10 last season and took second place in the Badger North Conference with an 8-4 mark — said he was pressed to change his coaching style, and that led to his departure.
“A lot went into the decision,” Bestor said. “Ultimately, when a coach is pressured to change fundamentally how he coaches the game and the style of game that he coaches, it’s no longer realistic to remain the leader of the program.”
Reedsburg activities director Bryan Yager was not available for comment.
Reedsburg’s style of play during Bestor’s stint was defense first, and his team averaged 46.9 points per game in the 2013-14 season while allowing 42.3 points.
Bestor, a science teacher at RAHS, took over as the Beavers' coach in 2007 and was an assistant coach for eight years prior.
He did not disclose the source of the pressure to change his coaching style.
About his time coaching at Reedsburg, Bestor said: “I have worked with some great coaches, great families and some great kids in creating a Reedsburg basketball family. We’re very proud of what we represent, that being toughness, hard-nosed, defensive-minded, team basketball.”
Reedsburg played host to a WIAA regional at RAHS in late February and early March but was ousted in the regional final by Badger North foe Sauk Prairie in double overtime on March 1.
Reedsburg jumped out to its best start under Bestor at 7-1 and finished with 14 victories for the second consecutive year, the most under Bestor.
Bestor — who said he has no idea what direction the administration will go in to fill the open position — finished with an 83-80 record in his seven seasons as head coach, and his team never advanced past a regional final.
Bestor took over a program that compiled a 24-82 record in the previous five seasons before he stepped in as head coach.
When asked if he would consider coaching elsewhere, Bestor said, “I’m not retiring. I do not know at this time.”
He added, “My love of the game is unchanged and my love of helping young men become better people and better players remains.”