DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Scott Whitaker is stepping down as the head basketball coach at Houston Academy.

Long hours teaching and coaching have taken a toll on Whitaker as he’s gotten older leading to Whitaker’s decision to step away from the role.

Whitaker has lead the Raiders’ program for three seasons. One of which was one of the most successful in school’s history.

The Raiders have an overall 46-40 record under Whitaker’s guidance, including going 22-10 this past season which ended with the Houston Academy’s first Final Four appearance in 31 years.

During Whitaker’s 23 years as a varsity head boys basketball coach Whitaker racked up a 364-224 overall record.

He’s spent time at several schools in the Wiregrass before taking over at Houston Academy: Samson (one year), Cottonwood (three years), Ashford (three years) and Wicksburg (13 years).

Whitaker plans to coach Houston Academy’s middle school boys basketball team, a role he held for five years before taking the varsity position. The middle school season runs only from the end of October through Thanksgiving.

He will continue teaching health, physical education and driver’s education at Wicksburg High School.