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Wed. March 23, 2011 | Bob Putnam | Email

Lakewood will likely wait another week before it officially begins the process of finding a boys basketball coach to replace Dan Wright.

Wright, Pinellas County's all-time leader in wins with 684, announced he was retiring before the start of the 2010-11 season. The school has not posted the opening on the Florida High School Athletic Association or Pinellas County School Web sites but will most likely do so after spring break, which starts Monday.

Athletic director Deb Fabrizio said the school can't move forward with a search until she receives Wright's official letter of resignation.

"We both looked at options as far as him staying here and continuing coaching," Fabrizio said. "Dan's looked into a lot more on his side. If there was a way to work it out, we would love to still have him here."

Wright is in the Deferred Retirement Option Program and was set to retire as a teacher at the end of this school year. He said he considered strictly coaching next year, but the DROP program does not allow a participant to be involved within the school system for at least a year.  

"If that clause was not there, I might have come back to coach," Wright said. "But I don't mess with anything with retirement."

Wright had the gymnasium named after him during a ceremony at the school in December. A retirement party is planned in April.

"We'll see what happens," Wright said. "I'm sure lots of people will apply. I'd like to see one of my assistants or former coaches get the job."

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