Dawn McNew steps down as Lehigh basketball coach

Leigh boys basketball coach Dawn McNew resigned from her position after five seasons building the Lightning program up to be one of the best in Southwest Florida. In a written release to WINK Sports, McNew says:

“I’d like to thank the players both past and present, for an incredible five years.  It is because of all of you that this decision has been most difficult.  I thank the players and their parents for all their support from day one.  This hire was not a common one but this basketball family welcomed me and my staff and simply poured their hearts and souls into building this program into what it is today and what it will continue to be.  I’m very proud of what this program represents, of its success, of the young men who have continued their education and play after being a part of it, and very proud of those who remain in this program and will continue to take it to the next level.  I have been blessed with this extended family and will be forever grateful.  This decision, though difficult, was one I felt I needed to make at this time.  I do thank the administration for providing me the
opportunity, for seeing me as any other coach;  one with a love for kids and for the game, one who was qualified, and one who was here to simply do all she could to serve as a positive impact in the lives of these young men.  In the end, it is I who am most richly blessed.”

McNew was 92-40 over five seasons, leading the Lightning to back-to-back appearances in the Region 6A-3 finals the past two seasons. McNew was named Class 6A State Coach of the Year in 2015.