Cooperstown, N.Y. - After 18 years coaching tennis and 16 years coaching basketball at Cooperstown High School, David Bertram is hanging up the clipboard.
Bertram announced his resignation from both teams, a few months after accepting the Director of Extracurricular Activities and Athletics at the school.
He cited his scheduling conflicts as the reason for his decision.
In 18 years coaching the boys tennis program at Cooperstown, Bertram had an impressive record of 240-15. His teams also won 15 league tournaments, 14 league titles and eight secitional titles.
In 16 years coaching the boys basketball program, his record was 276-109 with seven league titles, five sectional titles and two regional titles.
"It seems that you built a castle and it’s there and everything’s been established," Bertram said. You think back up to all the relationships, all the teaching moments with the kids, all the lessons learned in the losses. You probably learned more from the losses than you do from the wins."
Bertram said that he'sgoing to miss the time in the gym teaching the student-athletes the fundimentals of the game, and the mental part of the game, which he says is perhaps the biggest part of sports.
"Every team that you have those players become part of your family because you spent so much time with them, in the gym, at functions, on the road," he said. "So it really becomes a tight knit group, and I love that about every single team that we’ve had."
The search for a coach has begun, but there's no time table for a potential hire.
Bertram also didn't rule out returning to the sidelines at some point in the future.