Lee Kicklighter stepping down as Union Grove softball coach

Union Grove has begun a search for a head softball coach as Lee Kicklighter decided to step down and take the Houston County job last week. (Special Photo: Jeff Hurndon Photography)

McDONOUGH — Union Grove has begun a search for a head softball coach as Lee Kicklighter decided to step down and take the Houston County job last week.

Kicklighter broke the news through his personal Facebook page.

“This decision has been a very emotional process, one that my family and I have given a lot of energy and attention,” Kicklighter wrote. “One reason is that I’m extremely grateful for the experience and relationships I have made at Union Grove. I have been excessively fortunate to coach some great softball players and even better young ladies. Everything we have been able to achieve the last five years is a direct testament to their dedication and commitment to themselves, to each other and to Union Grove Softball. To all the players that have been a Wolverine the last five years, you have given me more than I could have ever given you and for that I will be forever grateful. I will take countless memories with me.”

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In his time at Union Grove, Kicklighter won 113 games and guided the Lady Wolverines to the state playoffs in each of his five seasons. Union Grove athletic director Kelli Smith said that she’s grateful for Kicklighter and what he’s done.

“Coach Lee Kicklighter has left a mark on the diamond at Union Grove, leaving it better than he found it in many ways,” Smith said. “I’m grateful for all he did to instill the importance of teamwork, hard work and creating young ladies with hearts of sisterhood and servant hood, while maintaining a perennial presence in Columbus. We wish him all the best as he begins his new coaching job at Houston County.

“Union Grove High’s athletic department and administration will act swiftly to name the best candidate for head coach, with an emphasis on building on our foundation of success and providing for as much continuity as is possible in naming a new head coach,” she continued. “Tryouts for the 2018 season will be held in May and girls interested in trying out should attend an informational meeting that will soon be announced.”

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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