By Tommy Keeler Jr.
Central is looking for a new boys basketball coach, after Mickey Clinedinst resigned after the winter season was over. The resignation became official at a recent Shenandoah County School Board meeting.
Clinedinst was the varsity head coach for three years, but has been around the boys and girls programs for a lot longer than that.
"He's done a good job," Central athletic director Kenny Rinker said. "He's been a long-time fixture here with the boys basketball and girls basketball programs. He's been a big contributor here for decades -- over 20 years. He's always done a good job."
Clinedinst was a longtime assistant under former coach Jerry Walters, along with Roger Wilkins. Clinedinst and Wilkins both played basketball together at Central. Clinedinst was an assistant coach for the girls basketball program when Wilkins was the head coach. The pair helped guide the girls basketball program to its only state championship in the fall of 1996. Clinedinst was also an assistant coach for Wilkins when he was the boys varsity head coach.
Central went 7-17 this past season, losing to Strasburg in the Bull Run District tournament quarterfinals.
The Falcons were the seventh seed for the district tournament. Central was in most of its games this season, but lost a lot of close contests. The Falcons lost eight games by eight points or less during the season.
Central will graduate six players from this year's squad, but also had six juniors on the team, including 6-foot-1 leading scorer Travis Cooper.
"I think Mickey's done a good job the last three years," Rinker said. "But he's resigned and now we have to begin a job search and move on to somebody else."
There has been plenty of turnover with the program over the last decade. Since Walters, who had coached the program for 34 years, retired in 2005, the program has had three different coaches. Jerry's son, Jeff, coached for two years before giving way to Wilkins. He coached the team for three years, before Clinedinst took over.
"We are looking for the best candidate for our program, whoever that turns out to be," Rinker said. "I'm confident that we'll find a candidate that will fit what we're looking for in taking over our boys basketball program."
Clinedinst could not be reached for comment.
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