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Comets Basketball Coach Resigns

Halifax County High School head varsity boys basketball coach Lynn Ramage has resigned from the post he has held for the past three years. Ramage submitted his resignation to Halifax County High School officials last week and announced it Friday.

In his three seasons as the Comets head coach, Ramage compiled an overall record of 33-30, which included an overall record of 10-18 against Western Valley District opponents.

The Comets basketball team of this past season achieved the best overall record of Ramage’s tenure with its 12-8 slate and a 4-4 mark against district teams. Halifax County finished third in the district standings this past season after having finished fifth in the district in both of Ramage’s first two seasons as the Comets’ head coach.

Ramage had a pair of 12-win seasons during his coaching stint at Halifax County High School.

The Comets coach said the need to take classes in order to re-certify his teaching license was one of the key reasons he resigned.

“I’m some classes short,” Ramage explained.

“I’m taking some classes and I don’t know what the outcome will be. I still have some work to do and I don’t know if I can meet the deadline.

Instead of dragging it out until August, I felt it best to go ahead and resign and give the school a chance to bring in somebody that these kids deserve.”

Ramage said he could have made the announcement earlier, but chose to wait until the end of the school year.

“I wanted to wait until the end of the year because I didn’t want there to be any distraction from anything that the kids and other teams at the school were doing,” Ramage said.

Ramage noted he fulfilled the agreement he made when he was hired as the Comets’ head basketball coach.

“When I took the job, Mr. Randolph (Halifax County High School principal Albert Randolph) asked me to stay three years,” Ramage pointed out.

“I said I would do that. I’d like to thank the Halifax County School Board, Mr. Clark (Deputy Superintendent Larry Clark) and Mr. Stapleton (Halifax County School Superintendent Paul Stapleton) for their faith in believing in me enough to hire me as the coach and to Mr. Randolph for initially bringing my name up.

“I had the pleasure of working with a great bunch of people in the athletic department,” added Ramage.

“Allen (Halifax County High School Athletic Director Allen Lawter) and Mrs. Lowery, (athletic secretary Mrs. Sandra Lowery) did a great job and did a lot of things to help make it easier for me. I thank them for everything they did.”

Ramage said his two varsity assistant coaches, Steve Mattox and James McDaniel, played key roles in the successes the Comets teams have had over the past three seasons.

“I’m really thankful for Coach Mattox and Coach McDaniel who worked with me on the varsity level,” Ramage said.

“They were my comfort. It was comforting having guys on the bench that you knew had your back.”

While the need to renew his teaching certification was a key point in Ramage’s resignation, there were also other factors.

“I’ve always wanted to be that coach that kids couldn’t wait to play for,” explained Ramage.

“I felt at times that I’m not that. I had always said that if I get to the point that I feel that the kids don’t want to come out for basketball because of me, obviously I’m not sending out the message that I need to send out to make this program grow. At times, that’s the way I feel.”

Ramage said that in everything that he did, he did what he felt was best for the young men that played under him.

“Whatever I did, it was nothing personal,” Ramage explained.

“Everything I did was in the best interest of the school and my kids. I hope down the road they understand that the things that were done were things that had to be done. What I’m doing with them now will prepare them for any obstacle they face down the road. What you didn’t like about me what was what you’re not going to like about that guy that’s going to be your boss or your teacher or your coach at the next level. I tried to prepare kids for the next 50 years by what I did.”

Ramage said at times he was accused of playing favorites.

“Every coach plays favorites,” said Ramage.

“If they tell you they don’t play favorites, they’re not telling the truth. I’m no exception. I play favorites. I play the people that did everything that it took by my standards to play. That’s just the way it is. I have no regrets about anything I ever did here.”

Ramage said he knows there are people that are sorry that he is leaving and there are some people who are glad to see him leave.

“You can’t please everybody,” he pointed out.

“You just try to do right by the kids and keep moving on.

“I think I’ve done a good job with what we had and have overcome a lot of obstacles,” he added.

“I’d like to be remembered as a guy who didn’t take any nonsense, but, when you came down to it and needed him, he was there for you.”

As far as his immediate plans are concerned, Ramage said he is going to return to his home in Greensboro, N.C. and work on the classes he will be taking.

“I’m going to work on my teacher certification,” he said.

“I’m thinking about going back to school and getting my Master’s Degree in administration. I feel a need for that. I enjoy working with the kids and I enjoy being a role model for them.

“I’m also going to try to find a job,” added Ramage.

“I have some college interviews coming up, so, we’ll see what happens. I will always remember Halifax County and will come back and check on my guys. I’ll come back knowing that I left on good terms.”