E.A. Sports Today

Rutledge moves into administration

Lincoln basketball, softball coach takes post as White Plains assistant principal

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

For the first time in 14 seasons Rush Rutledge has no lineups to make or games to coach.

Rutledge, Lincoln’s boys basketball and softball coach the last three years, started his new job as an assistant principal at White Plains High School Friday. As an administrator he is not allowed to coach.

“I’m going to miss it; it’s going to be tough,” he said. “I guess the thing I’m going to miss most is the relationship I’m going to have with the kids, going to battle with them every day. That, and the games.”

Rutledge has more than 200 career wins in basketball and 60 in his two seasons as Lincoln’s head softball coach. He also coached at Cherokee County and Ragland.

His coaching resume includes three state championships in Ragland, seven straight regional tournament appearances, two Final Fours. Last year, his basketball team won 21 games and his softball team won 32 games.

“They’ve got a good bunch coming back, but I can’t pass that job up,” Rutledge said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to look at my two girls and provide for them. It’s been fun. I’ve got nothing else to prove in coaching to nobody.”

It’s expected that Brandon Rogers will move from baseball to softball and Tim Chambless will take the basketball team.

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