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Westminster girls basketball coach Steve Stipanovich chats with his former high school coach, Rich Grawer. Rick Graefe,

Westminster girls basketball coach Steve Stipanovich, who led the Wildcats to a Class 4 fourth-place finish in 2012, has stepped down from the post to pursue other interests.

Stipanovich, 52, who began working for the school’s development office 3½ years ago, left that job for a position with Schneider Industries in July of 2012. He said the demands of that job have become too great for him to continue coaching.

“I loved coaching, and being with our players was always the highlight of my day,” Stipanovich said. “It was not an easy decision. I just don’t feel I would be able to do both jobs well.”

A former University of Missouri and NBA standout, Stipanovich led the Wildcats to a 28-5 record in 2012. In his three seasons at Westminster, he compiled an overall record of 65-20.

This past season, the Wildcats won the Metro League on their way to a 21-6 mark. Westminster’s season ended in a 74-65 district title loss to league rival MICDS.

Stipanovich’s daughter, Sadie, a member of this year’s Post-Dispatch All-Metro team, has signed to play at St. Louis University next season. His daughter, Hannah, a junior forward, also was a key member of this year’s squad.

“I didn’t just coach because my kids were on the team,” Stipanovich said. “Hannah will be fine with or without me. I told the girls on the team about my decision this morning.

“I would like to think the program is in better shape than when I left it. I expect to be back in coaching at some point.”

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