After 34 season as a football coach at Lincolnton High School, 2014 will be the 35th and final year for Scott Cloninger as he will retire on January 1st.
"It is just time," said coach Cloninger.
Coach Cloninger started as an assistant coach at the school in 1979 after graduating from Lincolnton in 1975.
He has spent the last 14 years as the head coach of the Wolves where his teams have made the playoffs every season he has been the head coach.
In 2007, the Wolves won the 2A State Championship. He was also an assistant coach on the 1993 2A State Championship team.
Coach Cloninger has young kids and looks forward to spending more time with the family as another reason for leaving after this season.
He will certainly have a chance to leave with a big bang as the 2014 team has the potential to be one of the best in school history.
They will be led by All State defensive end and Division 1 recruit Darian Roseboro. He has received interest from numerous ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac 12 schools, but his Top 10 right now is NC State, Michigan, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, LSU, North Carolina, Alabama, and Duke.
He will be joined on the defensive side by fellow defensive line mate Tryon Roberts and defensive back Quinlyn Harris.
The offense should be good as well with QB Jordan Easter back for his 3rd season as the Wolves signal caller.