Mike Bluey will not return as varsity head coach of the boys basketball team this winter.

Bluey recently accepted a position as the varsity head boys basketball coach at Hoover High School in North Canton.

Tallmadge City Schools superintendent Jeff Ferguson said Bluey informed him of his decision Wednesday.

"First and foremost, there are certainly people who worry about sports and it is important, but what is more important is the life lessons Mike taught young people," Ferguson said. "We’ll miss him as an assistant principal. It’s going to be tough to replace both of those positions. He did a great job."

Bluey spent the last five years as the Blue Devils head basketball coach.

Tallmadge’s 2017-18 season ended with an 81-44 loss to eventual state champion Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary in a Division II district semifinal game in Canton.

The Blue Devils finished 14-10 last winter and were 64-50 during Bluey’s tenure.

Bluey also spent the last four years as an assistant principal at Tallmadge High School. He previously taught physical education at Tallmadge Middle School and Munroe Elementary School.