Greg Shook

McDonough will be searching for a new head coach as Greg Shook steps down.

McDONOUGH — McDonough High’s Greg Shook announced he is stepping down from coaching the Lady Warhawks.

Shook is coming off a 17-13 season with a region runner-up finish.

McDonough also reached the Class AAAA Elite Eight round this season.

“I have been blessed to be able to continue the success we had at Henry County in girl’s basketball and continue the same tradition at McDonough High School,” Shook said. “God has blessed me with great kids and great assistant coaches each year that has allowed us to continue to be successful. I have had the full support of our administrative team and parents during my time here and want to thank every one of them for supporting our program.

“My decision was not an easy one but after a lot of prayers, speaking with my wife and our principal Mr. (Antonio) Mattox, I made the decision to step down from coaching and remain as Athletic Director,” he continued. It was not an easy decision after the year we had in making it to the Elite Eight. No one gave us a chance this year after graduating seven seniors, but this group knew they could be special. We were up on Troup at half time and it was only a three-point game with two minutes left.”

Although the loss to Troup happened, the loss didn’t weigh in Shook’s decision to step down.

“With the growth of high school sports in Georgia, adding Girl’s Flag Football, it is imperative that as an athletic director I can give full attention to each sport without pausing during basketball season,” Shook acknowledged. “My job is to assist coaches in performing their duties and in protecting our student-athletes while ensuring they are given the opportunity to be successful on the playing field and in the classroom. This task takes a significant amount of time and effort and I believe stepping down as head girls’ coach will assist me in growing our athletic program at McDonough High and ensuring the success of the overall athletic program.”

Rumors have circulated for the past two seasons that Shook was nearing retirement, however, he says that he’s still very young and hopes to continue in this field for many years.

“As far as retiring, I have the years but I’m still very young and expect to continue in this field for many years to come. Plus, my wife won’t let me retire until she can!” Shook exclaimed jovially. “It’s difficult to stop something you enjoy doing.”

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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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