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East Hall boys basketball coach Seth Vining retires after first day of 2019 Lanierland tournament
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Seth Vining speaks to a group of athletes during an announcement that he will be coming out of retirement to coach basketball at East Hall High School on Friday, March 15, 2019. - photo by Austin Steele

East Hall High boys basketball coach Seth Vining announced his retirement following a 56-52 loss to West Hall in the first round of the Lanierland on Friday. Vining stepped out of retirement when he was announced coach of the Vikings in March, following his 745-win career with four state championships in 39 seasons coaching in Hall County. The decision was made at the end of Day 1 of the Hall County hoops tournament through a press release from Stan Lewis, the athletics and communications director for Hall County schools.

Seth Thompson, who coached the Vikings in 2019, will step back into the head coaching post after Vining’s suden decision.

“I appreciate the opportunity East Hall has given me,” Vining said about his decision. “But at this moment, I feel it is in the best interest of all involved that I step down as head basketball coach and into full retirement.”

Vining experienced his most success during a 12-year stretch with the East Hall boys from 1993-2004, winning more than 300 games and two state championships (2001 and 2003).

Following his retirement in 2004, Vining returned to coach the next year at Lakeview Academy, bringing its boys program back to prominence in Class A with its first region championship in program history (2008) and a pair of 20-win seasons. 

Vining’s high school coaching career with the East Hall girls resulted in state championships in 1979 and 1980.

“We appreciate the time coach Vining has invested in the team and we wish him the best as he moves forward into retirement,” East Hall athletics director Adam Rich said.

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