Clark steps down at Lawrence County after 20 seasons

Shaen Clark, who won 325 games in 20 seasons as boys basketball coach at Lawrence County, has resigned that position, school officials announced Wednesday.

Shaen Clark (left), pictured with former Lawrence County boys basketball assistant and current Columbia Central coach Nick Campbell prior to a January 2019 contest, announced his resignation Wednesday as coach of the Wildcats after 20 years. (Courtesy photo by Rob Fleming)

“After much thought and prayer, I have decided to step down as boys head basketball coach at our beloved Lawrence County High School,” Clark said in a release distributed by school officials.

“I would like to thank all the Lawrence County School Board members, multiple directors, and numerous LCHS administrators and staff who have been so very supportive of me since returning home to LCHS in August 1997! Mr. Dunn, Coach Weathers, Mr. Butch Morrow and our LCSS board members gave a young coach a great opportunity!

“I’ve been extremely blessed to get to coach ‘purple collar’ guys with unbelievably supportive parents at a school in the greatest community imaginable. Thank you Lawrence County and all of the lifelong friends I have gained! My blood will always run purple and gold! In the words of our beloved Daddy Mick, ‘We are family’!”

Over two stints as boys basketball coach at his high school alma mater, Clark led the Wildcats to five district championships, 17 region tournament appearances, nine region tourney victories and three sectional berths.

“Coaching at this level demands a great deal of one’s time and energy and an unspoken sacrifice,” read the release. “This was a tough decision for Coach Clark. Although we are saddened by his decision, we fully support him and are pleased that he will remain a member of the faculty.

“On behalf of our Director of Athletics Mr. Matt Calvert, the administrative team, the faculty, staff, and athletic department, former players and supporters of the program, we extend our appreciation and wish him and his family continued success.”

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