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BREAKING: Centennial hires interim boys basketball coach

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Centennial High School has hired Lawanza Crutcher as interim boys basketball coach, school officials said.

Crutcher played basketball at Lee University in Chattanooga during 1979-81 and was inducted into his college's athletic hall of Fame in 1999. He also is a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame.

Crutcher also has been coaching high school basketball in Georgia for a while, apparently at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., from 2006 to 2010.

He also is working as a full-time physical education teacher at Centennial on an interim basis.

"Coach Crutcher has a career record of 354 wins and 203 losses and has coached 29 players who’ve moved on to play at the collegiate level," said Patrick Boyd, CHS assistant principal over athletics.

"We are thrilled to have a man of Coach Crutcher’s caliber and character leading our boys basketball team this season at Centennial."

Centennial received more than 50 inquiries about the position and interviewed four finalists, Boyd said.

High school basketball practice officially gets under way next week in the state of Tennessee.

The school's previous boys basketball coach, Darren Henrie, was placed on administrative leave after being charged with three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure for incidents that allegedly took place while coaching and teaching at Independence in 2007-09.
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