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Following 19 seasons coaching boys basketball at Barnesville High School, boys head varsity coach Chris Pack will be switching sides for his 20th season on the hardwood sidelines.
Pack recently submitted his resignation as head boys coach, and now plans to serve next season as an assistant coach for the Shamrocks girls basketball program under head coach Jamie Carpenter.
"After 19 years on the boys side," Pack explained. "I look forward to the challenges of assisting the girls program in my 20th year in Barnesville."
Without the increased workload that being a head coach of a varsity program, Pack looks forward to having more free time.
"I greatly appreciate my assistant coaches and volunteers who have helped keep the program running," Pack stated. "The increasing demands of being head coach coupled with the do more with less philosophy that has hit the public education has me looking forward to returning to being just an assistant coach."
"I really look forward to being able to spend more time with my family," Pack added. "I also will have more opportunity to speak out more on educational and political issues facing the valley."
Pack who guided the Shamrocks boys program for 12 seasons racked up 111 varsity wins, along with three straight Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Final Four teams, finishing third in 2012. Pack led Barnesville to five sectional championship appearances and one district championship game.
Off the court, Pack was an original member of the OVAC tournament committee; was past president of the District 12 Coaches Association; is a member of the District 12 Hall of Fame selection committee and coached in the 2010 District 12 All-Star game.
"I'm very thankful for getting to work with former head coaches Rod Gray and Ben Porter who helped me to become head coach," Pack explained. "I also appreciated my former coaches (in Beallsville) Aaron Miller, Jeff Stephens and Scooter Tolzda for encouraging me along the way."
"I have greatly enjoyed my time as head coach and the opportunity to work with so many Barnesville athletes to not only be better basketball players, Pack said. "But to become solid citizens as well."
Prior to becoming varsity head coach at Barnesville, Pack served five years as freshman coach and two years as junior varsity coach.