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Posted July 29, 2011

Coach Steps Down Due To Parkinson's After 25 Years, 400 Wins, 1 State Title, Tom Clyde & Jessica Puchala

ROCKFORD, Mich. (WZZM)- After 25 years, more than 400 wins and one state title, 47-year old Steve Majerle says he's finished as a high school basketball coach.

Majerle has retired from his coaching position at Rockford High School, where he's been for 14 years. Citing increased problems from Parkinson's Disease, he said coaching has become increasingly more difficult and he no longer has the energy for the job.

"Eventually, I'm going to get to a point where I start the movement back and forth like Michael J. Fox," Majerle told WZZM on Thursday. "I do what I can and don't do what I can't do. No sense crying over spilled milk. There's a lot of people a lot worse off than me. I'm lucky to have what I have."

Majerle's biggest achievement as a coach was leading the Rams to an undefeated season in 2003 capped by a Class A state championship. He is a member of the Michigan Coaches Association Hall of Fame. His career record is 421-184. Rockford athletic director Tim Erickson says he intends to name Majerle's replacement before the school year begins. 

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