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Fairborn's Hannaford steps down as coach

Jul 8th 2013 at 7:41 PM
Fairborn's Hannaford steps down as coach
6/22/2013 1:11:00 AMFairborn's Hannaford steps down as coachSports Editor FAIRBORN When Steve Hannaford won his 100th career game this season against Lebanon, everybody already knew that he was well deserving of the praises that came away. Now more kudos will arrive as the popular coach has announced that he will not return next season to coach the Lady Skyhawks in basketball. Fairborn High School Athletic Director Micah Harding confirmed that the school has named Bridgett Williams as the coach to replace Hannaford next season, who had six years as head coach. She might be known to many around the area from her days as head coach of the Wright State Raiders women s team from 2001-2010. She also served as the head coach at Chicago State University and as assistant coach of Kansas State University. In 2007-2008, Williams was the Co-Coach of the Year in the Horizon League and her team was runner-up in the Conference Tournament Championship game. Her record was 109-155 as WSU coach, and she had a 100 percent graduation rate from 2008-2009. Hannaford feels that the Fairborn found an adequate replacement. They made a great selection in Bridgett Williams, he said. Although he will still stay on as golf coach, the sidelines won t look the same without Hannaford s presence. Something that Ohio hoops guru, Jim Dabbelt, publisher of the Dabbelt Report, said as he talked about the coach s departure. I think Bridgett will do an outstanding job at Fairborn. She has tremendous experience coaching at a high level, and I believe her experience will transcend into a good career at Fairborn, Dabbelt said. Anytime you lose a player like Alexis Gassion, and the year before Brooke Pumroy, a program will have to adjust to a new group of leaders on the floor. Fairborn returns some solid kids, and Bridgett will get the most out of them. Steve did a great job during his time with the Skyhawks. The coaching staff was always prepared for their tough battles in the GWOC South. After getting his 100th win against Lebanon, Hannaford said it felt good to reach the milestone in six years. Lexis has got about 75 of those, and Brooklyn Pomeroy s class has a lot of those as well,Andrew Luck T shirts, and there was a class before that that probably had a whole bunch, too. So, I had a lot of good kids play for me, and I was just at the right place at the right time, Hannaford said, after the win. Some of his teams made deep runs into the tournament and Hannaford had several players who went on to play at the collegiate level.
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