Greer ends long basketball run at Myrtle

Chris Greer said he may have to wait a while before going back to a basketball game.
Greer has spent the last eight years on the sidelines of those games as the head coach of the Myrtle Lady Hawks.
With his family growing up and a new opportunity, he decided to give up his basketball whistle.
“There are some great memories,” Greer said. “I’ve enjoyed it and am going to miss it.”
He has daughters entering seventh grade and kindergarten and a son going into the third grade.
Greer isn’t making a complete exit from coaching – and at 41, won’t guarantee there won’t be a comeback. For now, he’ll coach track and cross country, both of which he started 14 and 13 years ago. He’s also going back into administration.
Myrtle has seven track titles – Greer coached six of them – and 12 combined cross country titles.
With 18 years of coaching on his resume, he has never had a losing prep season in 13 years of head coaching, which began with a 13-12 season at Lafayette.
He coached four seasons at Potts Camp, where his boys teams compiled a 96-39 mark and his girls team made it to the state tournament the one year he coached them.
Former Pine Grove coach Cliff Orman is taking over the girls program at Myrtle, as well as the boys after Jonathan Ashley took over for his father Norris at Ingomar.
“I didn’t have anything to do with it and we’re going to miss Coach Ashley but if I would have been picking, that’s who I would have picked,” Greer said.
Greer led two Myrtle teams to state, in 2009 and 2010, the latter a title game loss.
Two players off those teams are on the list of players moving on to the next level, Apriona Gilbert to Austin Peay and Halle Knowles to Northwest.
Greer can also claim to be the first coach for Armintie Price, the former Myrtle and Ole Miss star now with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream.
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