HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Coker College head women’s basketball coach Carol Meegan has announced that this will be her last season at the helm of the Lady Cobras. After nearly 35 years of coaching, Meegan is calling it quits in June of 2010.

“I am sad to be leaving Coker,” said Meegan. “After coaching for so long, I think I am ready for a new challenge. Coker is a great place to be and I am very confident that the administration will hire an excellent new coach that will continue the great basketball tradition here.”

In her five years as the leader of the Coker women, Meegan has amassed a record of 32-89 (as of Jan. 12, 2010), with her best season of 11-17 coming in 2008-09.

“We are very sad to see Carol leave Coker,” said Coker President Dr. Robert Wyatt. “She has been an exceptional role model for our Coker women, especial our female student-athletes.”

Meegan has experience coaching at the Division I, II and III levels and has been a collegiate volleyball coach, as well as a state champion high school coach. She began her college coaching career at Charleston Southern, she then had two separate stints at University of Rutgers-Newark.

In 1993, Meegan became the head coach of the volleyball team at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.  She served five years as the Pirates head coach and in her final season she won Peach Belt Coach of the Year honors. 

After her second tour of duty at Rutgers-Newark, Meegan returned to her home in Beaufort, S.C., where she coached volleyball and basketball at Thomas Heywood Academy leading the volleyball team to the state playoffs for the first time in program history, and leading the women’s basketball team to the playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Meegan plans on returning to Beaufort after retiring to spend time with her family, play golf and travel.

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