Renae Lassiter announced Wednesday that she is stepping down as the Henry County High School girls’ basketball coach.
“My health has not been great since July,” Lassiter said Wednesday night. “My priorities have changed a lot this year and I have some other opportunities. The program is in good shape. Anyone that comes in, is coming into a good situation. I started coaching AAU when I was sixteen years old. I’ve been coaching for over twenty years. It was time to step away.”
Lassiter will be leaving a Lady Patriot program that she played for four years as a point guard and helped guide to a state tournament appearance in 1990. She became the Lady Patriots’ head coach for the 2005-06 season, replacing Buddy Wiggleton, who had coached Lassiter at the then-Bethel College in McKenzie.
She began her scholastic coaching career at Inman Middle School in 1995 before moving to Grove School to coach freshmen basketball from 2001-2005.
At HCHS, Lassiter has amassed an overall record of 98-71 while going 59-29 in District 10-AAA games. The Lady Patriots posted a 15-11 record overall in the 2010-11 season with a 10-6 mark in district games. The Lady Patriots finished no worse than fourth in the district tournament until this season when Springfield eliminated HCHS 46-40 in the first round played at Gamlin Gymnasium.
Henry County did not win a region tournament game under Lassiter with first-round losses to state powerhouses Mount Juliet or Wilson Central each year from 2005-2010.
Cliff Curd has been the Lady Patriots’ assistant coach the past two seasons. Prior to that, the girls’ assistant coach was Tim Mason.
Under Lassiter, former Lady Patriots TiAnna Porter (Pittsburgh), Jasmine Porter (Bethel University), Katie VanDyke (Bethel) and Katelyn Wilson (Birmingham Southern) have earned college scholarships to play basketball.
Lassiter did not elaborate about her health problems or her future plans.
Henry County schools athletic director Mike Poteete could not be reached this morning to comment on plans to begin searching for Lassiter’s replacement.