Longer hours, growing scrutiny make coaching an increasingly tougher job

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Posted: July 18, 2013

Handley boys’ basketball coach Tommy Dixon retired after 27 years, saying that he had given the program all he had and that it was time for someone else to lead.
Debby Sanders stepped down as Millbrook’s girls’ basketball coach after nine years, saying she no longer had the necessary energy for the job. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
Mike Bolin resigned as football coach at James Wood to spend time with his new daughter and pursue a master’s degree. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)


As former Clarke County High School girls’ basketball coach Tim Lawrence ran an offseason open gym last year for his team, he had something of an epiphany.

“I realized I was spending more…

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