Wright leaving South Laurel for Southwestern

There can’t be too many Kentucky high school basketball coaches who have been at their post longer than Steve Wright, but the longtime Laurel County and South Laurel boys coach is pulling up stakes to take the same job at Southwestern.

Les Dixon of the (Corbin) Times Tribune confirms today what has been rumored throughout the 12th and 13th regions for some time, which is that Wright is resigning after 21 years in London and heading for Southwestern.

Wright was hired from Walton-Verona to replace longtime coach Chuck Broughton at Laurel in 1990, then stayed with the South Laurel program that occupied the same building after Laurel was split into two schools. His 2005 South Laurel team won the state championship, and his teams won seven regional titles.

At Southwestern, he will replace Dave Schulz, who resigned in March after 12 seasons.

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In other coaching news from the Somerset area — and there always seems to be some — Steve Cornelius of the (Somerset) Commonwealth Journal reported today that Don Daniel may be on his way out as Somerset’s boys coach after athletic director Bob Tucker recommended that he not be re-hired.

And back in London, Roy Bowling, who won three straight girls state championships at Laurel from 1978-80, has been fired after five seasons at North Laurel, the Times Tribune reports.

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