CINCINNATI — Mercy McAuley High School basketball coach Nick Baltimore stepped down from the position last week in order to spend more time with his family.
Baltimore and his wife, Ashley, are busy taking care of their first child, a son, who is seven weeks old. Ashley is also finishing school in the nursing field.
"We just got a lot of family stuff going on," Baltimore said. "Just wanted to get situated with that first. It just didn't seem right to put basketball in there with everything else going on right now."
Baltimore led the Wolves to the Division I regional girls basketball tournament the past two seasons.
Mercy McAuley was 19-6 overall and 6-2 in the Girls Greater Catholic League this past season. The Wolves won 10 consecutive games and 13 of 14 before a 40-31 loss to Kettering Fairmont in a regional semifinal March 4.
Baltimore said he would like to be around the game in the future but this year wasn't a convenient time. Baltimore said he was proud of the fact that the Wolves won two district titles early in the program.
"It was nice to have that opportunity especially my first year as a first-year head coach with the schools combining and trying to get everything together," Baltimore said.
Mercy McAuley High School opened in August 2018 in College Hill.
Baltimore was named the Mercy McAuley coach in late April 2018. Prior to that, he had been the junior varsity head basketball coach at Mount Notre Dame since 2013.
He also previously served as the girls basketball varsity assistant at Badin and the boys basketball varsity assistant at Reading.
Mercy McAuley athletic director Denise Harvey said the Mercy McAuley coaching position was posted June 17 and the school is accepting applications through July 1.
"Our hope is to hire a coach by mid-July," Harvey said.