Central's Sheila Toombs officially announces retirement

Coach Toombs says she'll still be involved in basketball in some way, but that "it was time" to step away from being a head coach./(Mason Prince, WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- After 32 years of coaching high school girls basketball, Sheila Toombs has officially announced that the 2017-18 season was her last as a head coach. After the Lady Chargers dropped their Sweet 16 matchup with Tattnall County two weeks ago, coach Toombs addressed her team and told them that was her last game. Today she and Central High School made the announcement official.

She said she's been mulling over this decision since November, and said that it was just time for her to step away from being a head coach.

"Not saying that I'm done with basketball, but just probably another chapter for me as far as basketball," Toombs said. "Because I love it, and I'm still competitive. But there's probably something else that I'd like to do as well."

Coach Toombs has been a coach since 1986, and has been at Central since 2007. She described the team when she first got there as "a mess," saying that the team would play dodgeball for their practices. She leaves the team as defending region champion and a perennial playoff contender.

What she's most proud of, however, is the fact that six of her seven seniors from this year's team will be attending college.

In coach Toombs' first season with Central, the Lady Chargers did not win a single game. In her last season, they went 23-5, won their region, and made it to the Sweet 16 in the 3A class.

There is no word yet on who will be replacing Toombs next season.

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