Clark steps down as coach of Bulldogs
After four seasons as boys basketball coach at Thomasville High School, Tony Clark is stepping away from his post.
A teacher for 11 years at Thomasville Middle School, Clark has decided to put down his whistle in order to spend time with family and pursue administrative certification. His record as coach of the Bulldogs was 29-62.
“I decided it was time to do some other things,” said Clark. “I wanted to change my focus a little bit and do something different. I do not really know what the future brings, but as for right now I will remain at Thomasville Middle School through the end of the year.”
Clark took over the program when veteran coach Woody Huneycutt stepped aside to focus on his athletic director duties. His time at the helm has been difficult since the Bulldogs moved up to 2-A. THS did visit the playoffs in each of Clark’s first three seasons, but were eliminated each time in the first round. This past year, the Bulldogs failed to make the postseason with a 6-16 record. While participating in the Central Carolina Conference, Thomasville had one winning season when they went 6-4 in the 2010-11 campaign, finishing up with an overall record of 10-16.
Though times were tough and the scoreboard did not always favor the Bulldogs, Clark enjoyed his time on the sideline getting to know the young men he coached.
“It was a wonderful experience. Every year brought different challenges, but I can sincerely say that each of my teams played very hard for me. I feel really good about my time here in Thomasville.
“Stepping away was a tough decision. It is my passion and what I love to do. A lot of times when you are passionate about something it makes it that much harder.”
Along with his pursuit of certification, Clark’s daughter will be a senior next year and he would like to spend more time with her.
“I have already missed out on a lot with my family,” said Clark. “A lot of times you do not have time to make that up and get that time back. So I thought it would be good now for me to do it.”
The school is expected to begin its search for a new coach soon.
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