Freeze Retires as Head Basketball Coach at LDHS

3-26-13

This afternoon Head Basketball Coach at LDHS Mark Freeze announced his retirement from that position.  His plans are to remain on as Athletic Director and teacher at LDHS. Below is part of his announcement to local news media.

“I am announcing my retirement as basketball coach at Laurens High School effective immediately.   We are at a good time for a change.  Ten players are seniors and a new coach can come in and build his own team with new blood.  If I would stay on, then I’d have to go 3-4 or more years to see it through and I am not willing to do that.  I’ve coached 34 basketball teams (29 on the varsity level), 9 football teams, 9 track teams and 1 tennis team in the past 35 years.  Those years include 19 at Laurens High (78-91, 07-13) and 16 years at Dorman High (91-07).  It has been a great career in coaching and I always knew when it was time to let it go, I would do so and now is that time.  

It has been a pleasure working with my principal, Mrs. Sonya Bryant, and my superintendent, Dr. Billy Strickland, and I will continue to work with them in my role as teacher and athletic director until it comes that day in the future when I fully retire.  I appreciate their wonderful support in all coaching endeavors and in my role as athletic director and teacher and look forward to continuing this relationship.  

I’ve worked alongside some great coaches in 35 years in a lot of sports and ate lunch yesterday with three men from the 90’s that coached football at Dorman and it was a wonderful time.  I enjoy the daily grind of meeting the challenges of athletics and watching our athletes compete. 

For the first time ever, I’ll spend a full Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and even Valentine’s Day with my wife and family and we will see how that goes.  Terri may not like it.  No more putting on the video or heading to the gym or coming in late to the house during those times.  I may find out I don’t not like it but I bet I will. ”