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Lackey named North AD

Men’s golf coach, women’s basketball coach, father and husband.
Mark Lackey of North Lincoln High School can add Athletic Director to that list.
The Lincoln County School Board approved Lackey last Thursday.
North Principal Rick Freeman feels that Lackey is proven and felt ultimately he was the best person for the job.
“He has expressed strong interest and desire in the position. He did an outstanding job in girls’ basketball and with the golf program this past year,” he said.
Lackey’s golf team recorded a fourth-place finish in the state last year. With all players returning Lackey appears poised for a possible better finish next year.
Freeman pointed to the fact that the Knights are entering their second year and are still in need of direction.
“We felt like he would be a good person to take over the program and kind of develop things. We’re still a new school and we felt like he would be a good person in leading us through all of that,” he said.
Freeman is confident in his decision and explained the protocol of finding an athletic director.
“We had a committee made up of teachers, coaches, as well as Aaron Allen (the Interim AD). They interviewed a number of prospective candidates including Mr. Lackey,” he said.
Freeman pointed to Lackey’s experience as a deciding factor.
“He’s established himself as a good teacher and a coach. He knows our program, our school and has been instrumental helping to set up out athletic program and business education program.”
“We felt like those were qualities that would qualify him to be a good candidate for our position,” Freeman said.
Coach Lackey will assume the position immediately. In addition, he will continue to coach both golf and women’s basketball according to Freeman.
Lackey was out of town Monday attending a coaches’ clinic in Greensboro through Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.
With the school year looming, Lackey will have plenty to do upon his Lincolnton arrival.
“We have a lot to do as we get ready for this coming year. It’s going to be a challenge to get everything for the beginning of the year, but really, compared to last year we feel like we’re in a lot better shape because everything was so late for us getting into the school,” Freeman said.

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