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LHS football coach/AD announces retirement

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Scott Cloninger has done nearly everything a high school football coach can do in 14 years of coaching.
The second-winningest coach in Lincolnton High history has one season left to add to his resume.
Cloninger, who’s been the Wolves’ head coach since 2000, officially announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2015, in an email to the media Wednesday morning.
The 2014 season will be his last as Lincolnton’s head coach. His duties as athletic director will end on Dec. 31.
In 14 seasons Cloninger’s teams have won four conference championships, one state championship, and played for two more. The Wolves have had 11 winning seasons under Cloninger –– seven in a row –– and his teams have complied a 132-63 record, 28-13 in the state playoffs.
His 132 victories are second in Lincolnton football history to Von Ray Harris, who had 187 wins from 1959-86. Cloninger’s .677 win percentage is also its highest in the modern high school football era.
Cloninger has also coached the boys golf team.
“I have been living a dream,” Cloninger said in the email.
For more on Cloninger’s retirement see Friday’s edition of the Lincoln Times-News.

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