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Legendary coach pondering future

By Anthony Rhoads

For 36 years, A.C. McCullers has patrolled the sidelines as a basketball coach but earlier this week, he resigned as head coach of the Clayton State women's team.

After spending so many years in coaching, what lies ahead for the legendary coach?

He definitely wants to devote more time to his wife Renee and his 15-year-old daughter Andrea Michelle.

"I don't know what my plans are right now," McCullers said. "I want to spend time with my family and watch my daughter grow up because I've missed too much already."

Even though he wants to take some time out for awhile, coaching will always be on his mind and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of going back to coaching at the high school level.

"I've coached for 36 years and I'm definitely going to miss it," McCullers said. "Coaching has been very good to me. I'll miss Clayton State with all the girls coming back next year but there are new horizons out there."

Clayton State announced McCullers' resignation last after five years. He compiled a 53-82 mark at Clayton State, including a 10-18 campaign in 2003-04. Even though the season didn't go as well as planned, there were some highlights including victories over two nationally-ranked teams (Bellarmine and Armstrong Atlantic State).

The Armstrong game also marked McCullers' 700th combined victory in college and high school.

In the 2003-03, McCullers guided the Lady Lakers to a 16-11 record, the second-best season in the history of the program.

McCullers came to Clayton State from Morrow, where he built one of the best girls' basketball programs in the state and nation.

In 25 years in Morrow, he guided the Lady Mustangs to four state championships (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1993), nine trips to the Final Four, 19 state playoff appearances and 12 straight 20-win seasons.

McCullers racked up 648 wins at the high school level, including 535 at Morrow. His 535 wins are by far the most ever by a Clayton County coach.