Lincolnton High School announced Friday that Franklin Lowery will be the new Lady Wolves head basketball coach.
Wolvesâ€™ Athletic Director Scott Cloninger announced that decision and several other decisions pertaining to coaching hires.
Assisting Lowery will be Melinda Kilgrove, a first year teacher from Ohio.
â€œShe has a solid athletic background and sheâ€™s also going to be the girls track coach. Sheâ€™s excited and looking forward to getting started with our athletic department,â€ Cloninger said Friday.
Cloninger is thrilled being able to get Lowery believing he knows the game thoroughly.
â€œFranklin has a world of knowledge. Heâ€™s knows basketball inside and out and has been associated with it most of his life,â€ he said.
Cloninger not only feels Lowery is a good hire for his knowledge of the game but his moral fiber as well.
â€œWorked with the Belmont Abbey group. I feel like he knows as much about basketball as anybody around here. I think itâ€™s a great opportunity For Lincolnton High to get somebody of his qualifications and character,â€ he said.
Lowery fills the void that was left when David Johnson was named head coach for the North Lincoln Knights earlier this summer.
Another Lincolnton coaching move was naming Susan Whittemore the head coach of the girls country team.
â€œWe need somebody to help Jeff (Cloninger) in the cross country program. She volunteered to help. We think itâ€™s a good opportunity to feel our staff,â€ Cloninger said.
The final Lincolnton coaching move was Craig Kiser being named head wrestling coach succeeding Joe Pollard.
â€œHeâ€™s helping us, since Joe (Pollard) at such a late time. He has years of experience and was very successful when he coached wrestling earlier in his career. Weâ€™ll find an assistant to help him,â€ Cloninger said.
by John Mark Brooks