Ingalls Steps Aside as St. Ignace Boys Basketball Coach
ST. IGNACE – After a two-decade career, St. Ignace boys basketball coach Doug Ingalls is stepping down.
Ingalls, who will continue his duties as an assistant coach with girls program, working alongside his wife, Dorene, announced the decision earlier this summer.
"Forty-five to 50 nights a year of a game and a practice every day and I know the referees will be a lot happier that I’m out of one of them,” Ingalls said. “It gets tough to calm down. I’m a little tense sometimes and love the competition and now I might be able to ref a little bit too."
An all-stater at Gladstone, Ingalls went on to a collegiate career at Northern Michigan University before accepting St. Ignace’s boys varsity coaching position in 1992. Ingalls would go on to serve two stints with the Saints (1992-2008, 2011-2016).
The 2000-01 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan All Class Coach of the Year, Ingalls guided the Saints to a 309-156 record, nine conference championships and eight district titles. St. Ignace enjoyed its best season under Ingalls in 2000-01, finishing 24-1 and claiming a Class C regional championship.
"We’ve had some great families, some great kids,” Ingalls said. “You know, when you get kids with great work ethic, that love the game, that love to compete, coaching is awesome, and we’ve had a number of them. You know, we’ve had a lot of good kids that are the best around and so it has been half of my life.
I’m 48 years old and 24 years I’ve been in this gym. I’ll still be in it a lot but I won’t have to hope for a snow day to get my hair cut now.”
In addition to those haircuts, Ingalls is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and sons, Jackson and Jonathan.
"For my 21 years, I think we’ve played 418 regular season games, and all of these practices and all of these games I’ve been really impressed with my team and how hard we’ve competed on a daily basis,” Ingalls said. “There are not many nights where I went home and said, ‘well we had a letdown tonight, or we we’re ready to play,’ and that doesn’t happen very many times.
“My biggest disappointment as a St. Ignace boys varsity basketball coach is, the number of years we haven’t been able to step up and play well in March. You know, the teams that make runs always, they are good teams but they get to a new level and they can somehow jump it up a little bit and play better at tournament time.”