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.
â€œI 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, â€˜If these things are going to happen, then youâ€™re the one who is going to do itâ€™,â€ Lackey said.
Over Lackeyâ€™s high school coaching career, former Athletic Directors Bruce Bolick and Richard Smith along with Lincolntonâ€™s current Athletic Director Scott Cloninger have been instrumental in planting the seed in Lackeyâ€™s head.
â€œIâ€™ve had the opportunity to sit back and observe how theyâ€™ve done things. All three are very successful people in the County and Iâ€™ve asked a lot of questions over the years and itâ€™s been really good for me,â€ he said.
Lackey, who interviewed for the AD job in late April, believes that North Lincolnâ€™s athletic program is headed in the right direction and is happy about his new role as overseer.
â€œI 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 Iâ€™m trying to get started for the athletic department,â€ he said.
â€œThere are a lot of great things happening at North Lincoln right now and Iâ€™m just happy to be able to be a part of it,â€ Lackey elaborated.
The coach has one clear objective in mind.
â€œMy challenge is keeping everything going in the direction that it has been. Weâ€™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,â€ Lackey said.
Despite his enthusiasm Lackey knows the challenges that lie ahead.
â€œItâ€™s going to be tough. Itâ€™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,â€ he said.
A teamwork attitude and â€˜help me, help youâ€™ approach that Lackey wants to implement during his tenure of Knightsâ€™ Athletic Director.
â€œWe have a great staff that wants to help me get things done, Iâ€™ve got a great administration to work for and a lot of good coaches that are willing to bend their back and help,â€ he said.
Lackey wanted to extend special gratitude toward his colleagues that backed him and the administration.
â€œI 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,â€ he said.
Aaron Allen served as the interim Athletic Director after Scott Sekal resigned through the time of Lackeyâ€™s hiring. by John Mark Brooks