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Muckle resigns as Lady Raiders basketball coach; says he will retire

Posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm

David Muckle submitted his resignation Wednesday as head coach of the Coffee County Central High School Lady Raiders basketball team.

Muckle will remain as a history teacher at the high school but said that after

David Muckle coaches his players during a time out in his final game as Lady Raiders coach against McMinn County on Feb. 22, 2013. (Staff photo by Milton Stanley)

more than 20 years of head coaching, he is ready to devote more time to his family and church. Muckle said his decision was not a sudden one, but that he wanted to wait till the season ended to make the announcement. Muckle officially tendered his resignation as coach to CHS principal John Bush Wednesday after earlier discussing his decision with Bush and CHS athletic director Richard Skipper.

Muckle said he was glad that his final season involved coaching a group of players with outstanding character both as ball players and human beings.

This year the Lady Raiders went 15-15 and were eliminated last week in the first round of the Region 3-AAA tournament. In five years at the helm with the Lady Raiders, Muckle compiled a 65-81 record. In 2011 the Lady Raiders, under Muckle’s leadership, won their first district title since 1993.

In Muckle’s first two years the Lady Raiders struggled to 8 and 9 win seasons, respectively. But the peak came in the 2010-2011 season when the Lady Raiders posted an 18-11 mark in the 2010-2011 campaign and won the District 6-AAA tournament championship in a home win over Warren County. But they lost in the region quarter-finals at home.

The 2011-2012 season was the deepest postseason advancement for Coffee County under Muckle with a win over Walker Valley in the Region 3-AAA quarter finals –  a win that Muckle deemed a “program builder.” …

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