Wakefield athletic director Dexter Cooley confirmed Thursday that Danielle Blackburn has stepped down as Wakefield girls basketball coach.
Blackburn is leaving the Wolverines program after she learned of being pregnant with her third child.
“I knew it wasn’t the best timing,” Blackburn said. “I just didn’t decide to tell anyone until I could talk with my players, and they all understood my decision.”
When the new school year began, Blackburn sat her team down to explain the news. During her speech, Blackburn told her players they will also have to make the same decisions when they are older.
Blackburn says she will spend most of her time at home during the pregnancy. In 2008, Blackburn led the Wolverines to an undefeated regular season, winning the Cap 7 regular season and conference championship, and an NCSHAA 4-A sectional championship.
Blackburn said she loves the relationship she has with her team, and she knows not coaching this year will be hard.
“I know I could coach this season,” Blackburn said. “But I also know I would be struggling in February in being seven or eight months pregnant, too.”
Before coaching at Wakefield, Blackburn played basketball at East Carolina. Blackburn did say she plans to return to coaching, but she doesn’t know when that return will be. As for now, Wakefield will have hire a new coach before the season begins.
“I love coaching and I would love to coach again,” Blackburn said. “I don’t know who Dexter and school will choose, but I did speak with Dexter and I told him my thoughts.”