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Lackey relishes new role as Athletic Director

Throughout the 14 years that he has coached, Mark Lackey has had a challenge in the back of his mind. Last Thursday, Lackey decided it was time to tackle that challenge.
“I think it was a concept of why not me. I sat down and thought about it and had really worked out some good ideas. When the opportunity came along I said to myself, ‘If these things are going to happen, then you’re the one who is going to do it’,” Lackey said.
Over Lackey’s high school coaching career, former Athletic Directors Bruce Bolick and Richard Smith along with Lincolnton’s current Athletic Director Scott Cloninger have been instrumental in planting the seed in Lackey’s head.
“I’ve had the opportunity to sit back and observe how they’ve done things. All three are very successful people in the County and I’ve asked a lot of questions over the years and it’s been really good for me,” he said.
Lackey, who interviewed for the AD job in late April, believes that North Lincoln’s athletic program is headed in the right direction and is happy about his new role as overseer.
“I am thrilled to have this job. I have been working on it for about a week, but there are a lot of exciting things that I’m trying to get started for the athletic department,” he said.
“There are a lot of great things happening at North Lincoln right now and I’m just happy to be able to be a part of it,” Lackey elaborated.
The coach has one clear objective in mind.
“My challenge is keeping everything going in the direction that it has been. We’re still trying to get everything together as far as softball, soccer and baseball fields. I want all our teams to have fine facilities and good fields to play on,” Lackey said.
Despite his enthusiasm Lackey knows the challenges that lie ahead.
“It’s going to be tough. It’s a time-consuming job but you have to dedicate yourself to doing the job and involving the people around you to get things done,” he said.
A teamwork attitude and ‘help me, help you’ approach that Lackey wants to implement during his tenure of Knights’ Athletic Director.
“We have a great staff that wants to help me get things done, I’ve got a great administration to work for and a lot of good coaches that are willing to bend their back and help,” he said.
Lackey wanted to extend special gratitude toward his colleagues that backed him and the administration.
“I want to thank Mr. Freeman and the administration. They have showed confidence in me to do this job and I want to do the job the best I possibly can. When you have a good administration that is backing you, it makes you want to work that much harder,” he said.
Aaron Allen served as the interim Athletic Director after Scott Sekal resigned through the time of Lackey’s hiring. by John Mark Brooks

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