Girls Basketball: Jenna Real steps down as Burlington Central coach

Story Image Central's head coach Jenna Real during the first quarter at Burlington Central High School in Burlington, Ill., on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. | Andrew A. Nelles~For Sun-Times Media |

Updated: June 5, 2012 6:47PM

Burlington Central all-time scoring leader Jenna Real got one season in as the Rockets’ head coach in 2011-12, and that’s all.

Real turned in her letter of resignation as girls basketball coach Monday after her teaching job was eliminated as a part of the school district’s reduction in force.

“It saddens me,” she said. “I definitely really wanted to continue coaching the team. I thought we had made some real good progress last year.

“I have a lot going on now and as a result had to make a decision.”

Real is getting married this summer and has bought a house, so her personal situation compounded the issue.

“Certainly if anything could have changed, I’d like to continue coaching the team,” she said.

The Rockets were 13-16 in 2011-12, a season after they won 11 games. Real was the sophomore coach for two seasons under Stephanie Smith, then was hired to be varsity coach last year when Smith went to Northern Illinois as an assistant coach.

Real is not only scoring leader at Central, but also is the rebounding and field goal percentage leader. She played college ball at Loyola.

Athletic director Steve Gertz, who is leaving the school to be athletic director at Grayslake Central, said in a release that the open head coaching position has been posted and that will run through June 11.

Then an interview team will review the candidates and begin interviews.

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