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SOFTBALL -- Atwood returns to LHS

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Following a long weekend of prayerful contemplation, Jody Atwood decided to come home.

A Lebanon High graduate who led Friendship Christian's softball team to back-to-back appearances in the Division II-A state championship game -- winning the 2015 title, Atwood, 39, agreed Sunday night, July 24 to take over the program at LHS.

Moving quickly after Chris Spurlock tendered his resignation Thursday, July 21, new Lebanon High athletic director Zach Martin and Principal Scott Walters held a lengthy meeting with Atwood Friday afternoon, July 22.

Atwood, a 1995 LHS graduate who played football and baseball for the Blue Devils, is a Cumberland University graduate where he played four years under Coach Woody Hunt.

He spent the past 11 years at Friendship, the last six coaching the softball program. He ran up a record of 169-81-1 during that time -- a winning percentage of .683 -- including 75 victories during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

He had stepped down at Friendship in May with plans to teach and coach baseball at Winfree Bryant Middle School this school year.

However, the lure of coaching at his Alma mater eventually convinced Atwood to leave WBMS before ever teaching a class or coaching a game.

He will teach Social Studies / History at Lebanon High.

Atwood met with his LHS players and parents Tuesday afternoon, July 26.

Spurlock's sudden resignation to go into private business put the LHS administration into hurry-up mode.

Spurlock's Lady Devils went 25-17-1 in his only season at the helm. He will reportedly be working in financial services for TransAmerica.

The Wilson Post broke this story online Monday evening, July 25.

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