Veteran basketball coach Dave Garvin has stepped down from his position leading the Philomath High School girls basketball program due to what he described as "off-court issues."
Shelly Brown, who has coached the junior varsity squad to a 17-0 record, will take over for the rest of the season. Rob Brown, assistant varsity coach, said he will not be continuing with the team.
Garvin leaves behind a remarkable varsity basketball coaching record that has covered 32 years at three schools. Leading teams in Iowa and Oregon, he compiled an overall record of 431-268 with two state titles.
The pinnacle of his time at Philomath came in 2002 when the Warriors captured the Class 3A state title, while Garvin won coach of the year and his son and star player Logan Garvin took player of the year honors.
Garvin succeeded Amy Leonard as head coach of the PHS girls basketball team in 2013-14. That first season, the Warriors went 22-5 overall, finished unbeaten in the conference and placed sixth at the state tournament.
In his 4-1/2 seasons as head coach with the girls, Garvin compiled a 60-47 record.
Garvin landed his first high school varsity job at Urbana, Iowa, in 1977. In his three years at the school, he took the team from 2-12 to 12-8 to 17-5. He moved on to Nashua, Iowa, where he compiled a 79-47 record in six seasons, highlighted by a 22-3 mark and state title in 1985.
Garvin then took over the Philomath program in 1986 with a 5-15 record in that first season. But the very next year, the Warriors went 15-10 and qualified for the Class AA state playoffs.
Philomath followed in 1988 with a 22-3 record and trip to the state title game, where the Warriors lost to Central, 54-48. In 1989, Philomath went 25-2 and again had to settle for state runner-up with a 72-64 loss to Central in the title game.
After a three-year postseason absence, Philomath made it back to the playoffs in 1993 and finished with an 18-7 record and fourth place at the 3A tournament. In 1995, the Warriors again qualified for the playoffs and ended up 16-8 overall.
Then in 1996, Philomath reached the upper echelon of 3A with a 21-7 record. The Warriors lost a tough game to Sutherlin in overtime to fall into the third-place game, which Philomath won over Marist, 58-52.
The Warriors qualified for the playoffs again in 1997 but missed the postseason in 1998 and 1999 before returning in a big way in 2000. That season, Philomath went 23-3 and had a playoff run that took the Warriors all the way to the championship game. Creswell got the win in the 3A finale, however, by a 56-40 count. In 2001, Philomath placed fourth at the state tournament.
Then came the memorable 2002 tournament. The run to the championship included victories over La Grande (44-28), Marist (58-57), Astoria (52-37) and fittingly, Central (40-38), the school that had defeated earlier Garvin squads in title games.
In all, over his 17 seasons coaching the Philomath boys, Garvin finished with a 261-149 record with four appearances in state championship games.
Note: The Philomath Express will update this story with more information as it becomes available.