October 24, 2021

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Oates returns to LHS hardwood, two locals have pictures at Olympic gold

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LEESBURG — He’s back!

Mark Oates helped the Leesburg Large University women basketball group reach some of its greatest achievements through an 11-calendar year stint as head coach.

And he’s again for encore run.

Faculty officers introduced not long ago that Oates will return to the bench for the Yellow Jackets, exactly where he compiled a 234-85 history from 2003 by way of 2014. Oates replaces Jason Horton, who compiled an 8-7 document in 2020-21, his only time at helm. 

Leesburg coach Mark Oates talks with Trini Thomas (11)  at the 2020 Orange and Black game at Leesburg High School in Leesburg. Oates will coach the Yellow Jackets' football and girls basketball teams this season. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT]

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Oates, who is also getting into his fifth year as Leesburg’s football coach, claimed he doesn’t foresee any issues keeping down both equally positions. 

“Where I arrived from — a tiny school in East North Carolina — it wasn’t uncommon to mentor various sports activities,” stated Oates. “Heck, coaches up there reduce grass under the bleachers, lined the subject and even drove the bus to game titles. Coaching is a little something I enjoy to do. It’s all I’ve completed given that 1990.

“I really do not see (why coaching many sports activities) is a significant offer.”

Definitely, the anticipations will be high for Oates on the hardwood. Through his preceding time with the Yellow Jackets, he led them to three point out Closing Four appearances — 2007, 2008 and 2011. 

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