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Wed. September 14, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

Newsome boys basketball coach Jon Mackey is walking away from coaching after nearly four decades to spend more time with family. And he already knows where that family time will be spent.

Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee, Thomas Mack Center at UNLV and Humphrey Coliseum at Mississippi State, to name a few destinations.

The only boys coach in Wolves history, Mackey is stepping down to follow his only child, Trent, a 2011 Newsome graduate who recently signed with Louisiana-Monroe.

"I don't think I had any second thoughts on that one," he said Wednesday evening.

A former men's assistant at Northern Illinois and Tulsa, Mackey started Newsome's program in 2003 and led the Wolves to a pair of playoff berths in his eight seasons. Trent Mackey, a 6-foot-4 guard on both playoff teams, finished with more than 1,100 career points.

Before that, Mackey guided Brandon's girls team to playoff berths in 1992 and '93.

"I didn't really think about (resigning) until after this Louisiana-Monroe thing came up," Mackey said.

"Originally he was going to Rollins and I thought, shoot, Rollins is an hour and a half away. They play Tampa, Florida Southern, Saint Leo, a lot of teams close by. I could still coach practice and go see him an hour away."

Trent's parents already are scheduling trips to see Louisiana-Monroe play the likes of UNLV, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

"It was a goal of his to play at the next level, whether it was Rollins or (Louisiana-Monroe)," Mackey said. "I was proud of where he went and I want to share that dream."

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