The Iowa Central women's basketball program reached an elite level under the direction of Craig Carlson.
After experiencing nearly a full decade of unprecedented success at the school, the Triton head coach has decided to step away from the game he loves.
Carlson will officially retire at the end of next month, ending a nine-year tenure that produced 227 victories and two trips to the national tournament with rosters dominated by in-state - and often backyard - recruits.
''This was an incredibly difficult decision for me,'' the 59-year-old Carlson said. ''I make no secrets about my passion for coaching and basketball, and it means a great deal to me to see area kids flourish the way they have in our system.
''I need to take some time and reassess where my wife (Madonna) and I are and (the direction) we're headed. We have a lake home in Minnesota, and my wife works part-time in Lincoln, Neb. We've just been putting a lot of miles on our professional and personal lives through the years. It just got to be a bit too much, so we're going to step back and see what the future holds.''