John Skinner celebrates after winning the 2013 CIF-Southern Section title. (Paul Alvarez)

John Skinner celebrates after winning the 2013 CIF-Southern Section title. (Paul Alvarez)

ST. MONICA — Sometimes, family comes first.

That was the decision St. Monica basketball coach John Skinner made as he and his wife await the birth of their first child.

“If you don’t have the year-round commitment and you can’t be all in, it’s not fair for everybody.”

Skinner most recently coached the boys’ team, but made a name for himself coaching the girls’ team to the 2013 CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship.

“The reality, to build a program, it takes a lot energy,” he said.

While he’s stepping down, he said that coaching in the future hasn’t been ruled out.

“I love mentoring young people,” he said.

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