Coach Tina Hadley has decided to move on. After ten years as the head girls basketball team at Lakewood Ranch High School, Hadley will be relocating to Lithia Springs, Georgia to take a coaching job at McEachern High School i n Powder Springs , Georgia. The Indians are a power house in Georgia and have won four straight state titles. She will also have a teaching position at McEachern.

Coach Hadley developed the program at Lakewood Ranch into a prestigious and respected girls team in Manatee County, guiding the Mustangs to some hefty accomplishments, including their first district championship, first region title and their first appearance in a state championship game. But her move has been in the making for the past two years. “My husband and I had been entertaining the idea of moving after we became empty nesters,” she said. “Georgia was the perfect choice for us since we have family in the Atlanta area and the thought of being able to make more money was a consideration,” she said.

When Hadley talks about her work at Ranch, it is something she is most proud of, defining roles and setting goals.

“I am extremely proud to say that under my tutelage, we amassed a lot of firsts. A state championship appearance, a regional championship, two district championships, playoff appearances seven years in a row, 20 win seasons, top ten rankings, and top team in Manatee and Sarasota County,”

she said. The junior varsity team has had an undefeated record for the past four years, and the team ranked top ten academically in the state.

“I am leaving a program that has a culture of hard work and winning on the court as well as in the classroom,”

she said.

When asked what her greatest accomplishment has been, she replied:

“Instilling life skills into these young women such as responsibility, hard work, time management and resilience, is something I’m very proud of, and hopefully they will be able to carry all of these attributes into adulthood.

Another great accomplishment is the fact that I have built life-long relationships with some extremely wonderful players and families that have indelibly left a stain on my heart.”

Hadley graduated from Southeast High School in 1986 and was a star basketball player on that 1985 Seminoles team that won a state championship. She headed for Cheyney University in Pennsylvania on a basketball scholarship. In 2002, she was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame where, at that time, she was the sixth leading women’s scorer in the school’s history.

Coach Hadley leaves on July 18th. As she moves on, her future goal would be to continue to have a positive impact on her future players and possibly win a state championship team!

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