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Gleason AD Lawrence hangs up hoops hat

Gleason AD Lawrence hangs up hoops hat

Posted: Friday, April 1, 2011 12:03 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports

Gleason AD Lawrence hangs up hoops hat | Gleason Athletic Director Lee Lawrence

Lee Lawrence
By KENNETH COKER
Press Sports
The “Help Wanted” sign has been put out for both the Gleason high school and middle school boys’ basketball programs.
Assistant principal/athletic director Lee Lawrence has resigned his post as both the middle school and high school boys’ basketball skipper to focus on his new administration duties.
“When I found out I was getting the athletic director and assistant principal job in June, I knew this might be something that I had to do in the future,” said Lawrence — a 29-year-old alum of the school. “At the time, we’d already went through camps and I decided to give it a go and see how it balanced out.
“What I found out is that there’s a lot to take care of as the athletic director  that I can’t do to the best of my ability if I am coaching.
“It works out better for everyone involved is if I step back because I’ll have more time to focus on my administration duties and some more family time, too.”
Lawrence, who along with wife Amy is rasing 3-year-old son Luke, was the Gleason basketball skipper — at both the high school and junior high level — for five seasons.
His teams totaled an overall record of 21-111 during his tenure. His best season was 2008-09 when the squad went 8-19 and — according to Lawrence — was competitive in nearly every contest.
Lawrence’s most recent Bulldog high school squad went 3-24, but the squad did claim its first district tournament under the now-former mentor — albeit one of the play-in game nature.
At the junior high level, Lawrence’s squads compiled a 31-43 worksheet in his time as skipper. The most successful squad finished play in the winter of 2009 with a 9-5 worksheet.
“We didn’t reach all the goals we set,” Lawrence admitted. “We had set out to win 10 games and get to the final four of the district. We came close, but weren’t able to do that.
“I think where we did improve was in raising the expectations of the boys in the program in terms of work ethic. They’ve been coming in the gym and putting extra work in and that’s something I can’t say has always been the case at Gleason.”
No concrete timetable has been set to name a replacement and Lawrence told that the next high school coach may not also carry out middle school duties. However, Lawrence did say that the school would like to have someone in place before the end of the 2010-11 school year.
Lawrence also said that assistant coaches Jamie Roney and Chris Leo would probably continue with the program in some capacity regardless of who the new hire is. Roney and Leo are both in the running along with others for the job(s).

wcp 3/31/11

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