Choi steps down as Decatur High School boys basketball coach

David Choi was hired as the head coach of the Decatur High School boys basketball team in 2014. (Mirror file photo)

Federal Way Public Schools is looking for a new boys basketball coach at Decatur High School after David Choi recently announced his resignation.

Choi was hired as the head coach in 2014. Since then he has led his team to season records of 5-15, 6-14 and 11-10. Choi said in an email, he was stepping down to spend more time with his family.

“… Running a varsity basketball program (successfully) takes a lot of time, and I don’t have the time needed to best-serve these young men,” he said in an email. “My No. 1 concern is my wife and son. It saddens me to leave the current crop of talented basketball players that happen to be even better kids. I hope that this time spent on family will allow me to raise my son to be an outstanding young man like the young men we currently have in our Gator basketball program.”

Choi said whoever is hired as head coach of the Gators will “inherit a group of hungry basketball players” who have been working hard to maximize their abilities.

“I am proud to say that I am leaving the Gator boys basketball program in a better place than when I first became head coach of my alma mater at the age of 24,” he said in the email. “My goal was to get Decatur back to the ‘golden years’ in the ’90s and 2000s, and though I have to step down, I think we are well on our way to getting back to those days.”

District spokesperson Kassie Swenson said the process has begun to fill the vacancy, which includes advertising for qualified applicants, who are then reviewed, with the most qualified interviewed by a review board, which will then make a recommendation.

“We are committed to hiring the best possible candidate for the position,” Swenson said in an email.

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