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Steve Wright steps down at Southwestern

April 11, 2016 FieldsColumn

Steve Wright

Steve Wright has 697 career victories. (Photo by Steve Cornelius)

BY MIKE FIELDS (April 11, 2016)

Steve Wright marked his 59th birthday Monday by resigning as boys’ basketball coach at Pulaski Southwestern. 

“I’m at a point in my life where I want to move on to other possibilities and opportunities,” said Wright, who has an overall record of 697-247 in 30 years. 

“Each year I reevaluate if I want to continue in the same position . . . I’m 100% convinced that at this stage in my life it’s time to move to the next chapter in my career.”

Wright said he might look at coaching on the college level, or take another high school job, or “maybe take a year off, relax and enjoy myself, or I may never coach again. I’m not sure.

“I love coaching, but it’s not who I am. It doesn’t define every move I make every day. Sometimes during the winter it feels that way, but I’m not going to look up and be 70 and not have had a life.”

Wright began his coaching career at Walton-Verona where he spent 4 seasons before getting the best job of his life at Laurel County/South Laurel. He coached the Cardinals for 21 years and won 7 region titles and the 2005 Sweet Sixteen championship.

He’s been at Southwestern 5 years and had a record of 121-41, including a region title in 2012.

“I have enjoyed the process, the journey and especially the players (at Southwestern),” Wright said. “The pride out teams exhibited on and off the court will forever make me proud.”



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