Last updated: July 18. 2013 7:06PM - 228 Views

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Steve LeMaster

Sports Editor

BETSY LAYNE — Betsy Layne High School girls’ basketball head coach Devon Akers announced resignation Monday evening. In four years, Akers compiled a 71-38 overall record with the LadyCats. Akers was perfect in the 58th District/Floyd County Conference, coaching Betsy Layne to a 42-0 record.

“I first off want to thank Cassandra Akers for trusting me with this job,” Devon Akers said. “She built this program and I was and still am honored that she allowed me to coach the Betsy Layne LadyCats. She has supported me since I was a player and continued to give me all of her support as a coach. My husband, father, mother and the rest of my family gave me so much support and I could not have coached without their help. I thank god everyday for this opportunity and the relationships I have made as coach. My decision to resign was based on my family and what I felt I needed to do as a mother. Coaching was always something I wanted to do but to be able to coach the team I once played for was a dream come true. When I became coach I never though about how attached you could become to a group of girls. All of my players past and the current team have become my family. My assistant coaches Gloria Mullins, Shannon Akers (my husband) and Christine Crase have stuck by me and gave me and the team more than what was expected of them. I cannot thank them enough. l love my assistant coaches and players dearly and I will miss being their coach. The support system at Betsy Layne is like no other and is something special to be apart of. The principal, assistant principals, athletic director, teachers they all are behind their students and coaches 100 percent. That makes a big difference and is a huge reason why Betsy Layne sports are successful. I will cherish every moment as head coach at Betsy Layne and I will always be a Lady Cat and will continue to support the girls, the team and the school.”

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