The most successful basketball coach in Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy history has called it a career.
CVCA announced Tuesday that after 17 seasons in charge of the boys basketball program at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Jay Peters has decided to step down as head coach.
"After 29 years of coaching basketball at different levels … I have decided to end my career as a head basketball coach," Peters said. "Over the past 17 years here at CVCA I have had the opportunity to coach a bunch of amazing young men who worked and played extremely hard and competed to the fullest on the basketball court.
"I can’t thank them enough for the years and all the time and effort they put in and for the fun we had. Every team was unique and I appreciate every season with them, but I owe a special mention to those first couple of teams that we had. They bought into what we were trying to do and set the tone and the expectations for the program that carried on from year to year."
The 2019-20 campaign was his 22nd season serving as a head coach. He spent three seasons at Strasburg and two seasons at Grove City before coming to CVCA for the 2003-04 season.
Peters holds a career record of 329-190 and his CVCA teams combined to go 283-126. He led the Royals to district championships in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2013. The Royals also won three Principals’ Athletic Conference titles (2005, 2013 and 2017) and finished as district runners-up up three times (2006, 2014, 2015) under his direction.
Peters and his wife Dawn have been part of CVCA athletics since 2003, with his sons Bob (2013) Michael (2015) and Nate (2016) all graduatting from CVCA. He was a standout player at Medina High School, Grove City College, and Kent State University and will continue to teach in the social studies department at CVCA.
"I am also very appreciative of the men who took a chance on me when they hired me. Ray Carroscia who was the athletic director, Jason Spodnik, the assistant athletic director, Roger Taylor, who was the president of the school at the time, hired me and allowed me to grow and mature as a coach and teacher," Peters said. "I am forever thankful for the opportunity they gave me, as well as the support that the current athletic director, Jon Young and headmaster Matt Koons, have given me.
"I have also had some very fine men assist me throughout the years including Art McMahon, Tim Schofield, Jason Herblet, Ben Miller, Don Plum, Kyle Curry and many coaches who helped with the junior high program. These men are great friends and coaches and it has been my pleasure to have served with them."
Young noted he was "extremely grateful" for Peters’ 17 years with the school
"Coach Peters’ teams were well known in Northeast Ohio for their hard work, discipline, and attention to detail," Young said. "More than just X’s and O’s, coach Peters desired to use the game of basketball as a tool to help young people grow in their relationship with God and as a tool for discipleship.
"Coach Peters’ knowledge of the game combined with his love for his players will be greatly missed," he added.