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Denny Renier informed his players Monday that he was stepping down as the Bishop Luers girls basketball coach.

Renier, 72, has been with the Knights’ program for 27 years, the last five as head coach.

“I told the kids it was hard to find the energy and enthusiasm I once had,” Renier said by phone Monday. “I told them I wouldn’t do the job unless I was 100 percent committed. I would never cheat the kids or the program that way. I had to be honest with myself and make a hard decision.”

Renier said he also has a grandchild he would like to spend more time with.

Renier was 93-33 at Luers, including the 2011 Class 2A state championship. He also led the Knights to 2A state runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2012. Last year, the Knights lost in the semistate and moved up to 3A this year.

Luers was 16-5 this season, losing to Concordia in the first round of the 3A Garrett Sectional.

Renier, who has been coaching basketball for 32 years, served previously was an assistant coach to Gary Andrews and Teri Rosinski, who led the Knights to state championships.

“It has been a great ride, and I have been around some great people,” Renier said.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.