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Lloyd Church resigns after two seasons as head coach of the Franklin County boys coach.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Franklin County High School is looking for a new boys basketball coach for the second time in two years.
Lloyd Church, a North Carolina native who spent the last two seasons in charge of Franklin County’s program, said Monday he has resigned.
Church, 52, compiled a 24-21 overall record with the Eagles. He said he will also resign his position as a physical education teacher at Franklin County and return to western North Carolina where he spent 22 years as the head coach at McDowell High School in Marion, N.C.
“I’ll go back to North Carolina,” Church said. “I’ve got family back there. This place has been great to me. It’s just in my best interests to move on.”
Church, who took a full early retirement under North Carolina’s state pension plan, said he has no plans to put a whistle around his neck in the near future.
“I’m not looking to coach right now,” he said. “I don’t have an interest in coaching, immediately. I’m not leaving to take another coaching job. I’m not going to rule out never coaching again.
“I retired from North Carolina early. I’ve got plenty of time if I want to do that.”
Church was hired in May 2011 as the replacement for longtime Franklin County head coach Doug Conklin.
The Eagles were 9-13 during Church’s first season. Franklin County finished 15-8 in 2012-13.
“The first year was obviously very tough,” Church said. “When you come in and make changes it’s going to be tough. I thought we made a tremendous amount of progress, especially this year.
“I certainly think the program is headed in the right direction.”
Franklin County won 11 of its first 12 games in 2012-13, including a victory over Northside in the championship game of the Northside Invitational Tournament.
However, the Eagles dropped seven of their last 11 games, finishing a combined 1-7 against Western Valley District heavyweights George Washington, William Fleming and Patrick Henry.
“This is my 30th year and that’s one of the toughest leagues I’ve been in,” Church said. “That league is as athletic as any around.”
Church said he is leaving Franklin County with no regrets about his coaching style or the results it produced.
“Everybody’s got their own interpretation on how the game needs to be played,” he said. “Things that I thought were important I think we were doing.
“I’m old school. I just think teamwork and hard work are what it takes to win. Selfish play and one-on-one play are not something I’m in favor of.”
Church said he received considerable support within the halls of the school.
“That athletic department, the coaching staff, the administration, they’re the most supportive people you’re ever going to be around,” he said. “I was truly humbled the way I was treated.”
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