Two Lincoln County coaches are changing school addresses for the upcoming school year. Former North Lincoln menâ€™s basketball coach and Athletic Director Scott Sekal has taken a job at Polk County. David Johnson former Lincolnton womenâ€™s basketball coach has agreed to take the position that Sekal left vacant as menâ€™s head basketball coach for the Knights.
The decision to leave North Lincoln was bitter-sweet for Sekal, but citing mainly family reasons he believed it was best.
â€œIt was a tough decision. Itâ€™s not that I put my resume out there or went looking for another position. This school called me to see if I had any interest whatsoever. As Iâ€™ve stated before, my biggest most important part is my family,â€ he said.
There were several factors that led to Sekal taking the head basketball coach and teaching position.
â€œAfter going through the interview process, talking to my son, friends and weighing all the options, I believe this is the best-case scenario for my family and myself,â€ he said.
Despite the move Sekal has no hard feelings toward the county he is leaving.
â€œI have a lot of friends in Lincoln County Schools. I think Lincoln County is a great place to be, but I think this opportunity academically and athletically offers more for Colin (his son) and myself,â€ he said.
â€œIâ€™m real excited about going to Polk County Schools and to have the opportunity. Having been there a few times, Iâ€™m really going to enjoy going to school there and competing athletically there,â€ Colin Sekal said who will attend Polk County High School.
â€œIâ€™m excited athletically, their athletic endeavors are very well-stated. They have tons of athletes, the football program is on the rise and the soccer team (boys) won a state championship,â€ Sekal said, whoâ€™s already had the opportunity to run a basketball camp in Polk County.
Sekal is thrilled for the opportunity to become the Wolverinesâ€™ head coach.
â€œIâ€™m very flattered that Polk County thought about me to fill the position. Following the interviews, it lead to the job offer. I hope I can fulfill their expectations and dreams to build a program there.â€
Johnson is excited about his new role as menâ€™s basketball coach at North Lincoln.
â€œItâ€™s a good opportunity to take a new program and start it basically from scratch. It will be a good challenge,â€ he said.
Sekal believes his successor Johnson is the right person for the job.
â€œI had the opportunity to work with David one year. I think heâ€™s a young coach who will be successful because of his work ethic and drive. He wants to learn more about the game and I know heâ€™s excited about the opportunity to come to North Lincoln and Iâ€™m sure heâ€™ll do well at the job.â€
Johnson, who is more used to coaching the womenâ€™s game, believes there will be adjustments made to his coaching.
â€œThere are differences, there will be differencesâ€”ways Iâ€™ll have to present certain coaching styles, but I think it will be fun and a learning experience. Weâ€™re all in the learning experience together.â€by John Mark Brooks