After three years at the helm of the Midway High School men’s basketball program, head coach Matthew Creech is stepping away. Creech also spent three years as the JV basketball head coach and said he feels the time is right.
After meeting with Midway High School principal Monty Strickland as well as his team, the head coach released a statement detailing his departure.
“Today, I officially stepped down as boys basketball coach at Midway High School,” Creech’s statement read. “Spending the last six seasons in Raider Country has allowed me to make memories and build relationships that will last a lifetime. In that time (three years with JV and three years with varsity) our teams were able to compile an overall record of 104-39 and accomplish many milestones that I will always be proud of.”
“I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the administration, coaches, players, parents and fans who supported our program over the years,” the statement continued. “The next season of my life will be spent focusing on my upcoming marriage, finishing my education and degree, and continuing the work and ministry God has called me to at Hickory Grove. We will continue to be in the Midway community and look forward to being some of the biggest fans for years to come.”
Raiders Athletic Director Beth Best had nothing but praise for the outgoing coach.
“Coach Creech has been more than a basketball coach for the students and athletes of Midway High School,” Best said. “Matthew has been a mentor, an encourager, inspiration and light to Midway students both on and off the court. We are saddened by the news of his departure, but we have been blessed by his presence and wish him the best on his life’s journey.”
Midway Principal Monty Strickland echoed similar remarks.
“Coach Creech has been a great role model to our young men,” Strickland stated. “His teams progressed under his guidance and they are better student-athletes because of his guidance. We will miss his leadership, but wish him the best in his future.”
Strickland went on to say that Midway will promptly be searching for the next coach of Raider basketball.
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