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Oak Lawn's coach Janet Meyers guides her team to the IHSA Regional Championship. | Allen Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media

Her final season was her finest.

Her final decision her hardest.

In the end, family came first for Janet Meyers, who Wednesday announced her resignation as the girls basketball coach at Oak Lawn.

Meyers made it official at an emotional girls basketball awards dinner at Oak Lawn.

“It was tough,” she said. “For years this has been my family. And I’ve been lucky to coach a lot of great kids, and even luckier to still have friendships with those kids, and have some of them become a part of my coaching staff.

“It’s the relationships you build that make it even harder to walk away.”

In 15 seasons as coach at Oak Lawn, Meyers, a former Oak Lawn player and 1991 Oak Lawn grad (she was Janet Haubenreiser then), posted a 256-152 record. The Spartans were a program-best 28-2 in 2013-14, behind LaTondra Brooks advancing to a Class 4A supersectional, where they battled Marian Catholic to overtime.

Meyers, meanwhile, was coming off of a 2012-13 season in which she was the SouthtownStar Coach of the Year. On Aug. 20, she and her husband Brian, had a son, Andrew.

“When I had the baby I kind of had thoughts that this would be my last year,” Meyers said. “But I never wanted to say anything because I never wanted it to be about me. It was supposed to be about the kids this year.

“But as the year went on and the season was over, it wasn’t as easy of a decision to make as I thought it was. It’s not easy to walk away from a program that you’ve been (in charge of) for the past 15 year. Then again, it’s not easy not to be home with my son, either.

“We did some thinking, and between my family and teaching career there just isn’t enough time to give 100 percent to give to basketball. It’s been a great run.”

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