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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fred Lynch is stepping down as the Laney High School boys basketball coach after 26 years. He will remain the Laney director of athletics. Lynch informed his players Thursday night at the Laney basketball banquet. He wanted to let them hear it from him before the decision became public knowledge.

Lynch replaced Clifton “Pop” Herring as the boys basketball coach at Laney High School in 1986. Lynch served as girls basketball coach for one season before being named the head coach for the varsity boys. Prior to Laney Lynch coached basketball at D.C. Virgo Middle School in Wilmington. His tenure at D.C. Virgos started in 1975.

Lynch was an assistant coach when Michael Jordan starred for Laney. The story on Jordan not making the varsity team the first time he tried out is a story Fred Lynch knows first hand. ” even though that story has been greatly exaggerated.

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