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6/20/2014 1:44:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Bellville Stepping down as LHS girls coach
LAWRENCEVILLE - For the first time in nearly two decades, Lawrenceville High School is looking for a new girls basketball coach.

Misty Bellville, who coached the Lady Indians to a 208-256 record and three regional championships since the 1996-97 season, is stepping down. She told school officials of her decision last week, and her resignation is expected to be accepted at a meeting of the Unit 20 board Wednesday.

The decision was strictly family-related, Bellville said. The deaths of a brother and her father within the last two years played a part. Mostly though, she wants to spend more time with her husband, Lonnie, and daughters, Haley, 9, and Emily, 8.

"I want to spend some extra time with my family and enjoy life," said Bellville, 41. "I don't think (coaching) is something I'm going to stay out of forever."

Bellville, whose name was Misty Greene at the time, took over the program in the fall of 1996 and guided the team to a 12-14 mark.

LHS won regional championships in 2000, 2005 and 2007, losing in the sectional semifinals each time.

Bellville says the 2000 team remains one of her favorites. LHS won its first three games, but lost point guard Katie ONeal to an injury early in the season and struggled to a 5-17 record.

ONeal returned late in the year, and LHS won three straight regional games on the way to finishing the season with an 8-18 mark.

"We only won eight games that year, but it was a real special season in the end," Bellville said. "It was my first team to win a regional."

The height of the Lady Indians' glory was from 2005 through 2007 when the team had back-to-back-to-back records of 21-5, 21-5 and 21-6. The Lady Indians claimed regional championships following the 2005 and 2007 seasons.

"Those were some real successful years," Bellville said. "We had a once-in-a-lifetime group of kids. They were so much fun to watch. They lived and breathed basketball. They always had a ball in their hands. When you get a group of kids like that, it's a lot of fun."

The Indians didn't reach the .500 level again until last season, when Bellville's final team finished 13-13.

"It was a good year," she said. "I kind of reached some milestones and the 200th win was one of those. I'm looking forward to following those girls now."

Bellville is grateful for the support she's received through "all the ups and downs," and expressed gratitude to the four people who have served as her top assistants through the years - Mel Zumbrun, Jason Green, Jerry Scott and Chelsea Buher.

She says she has memories of every player she's ever coached.

"I've got memories of every season and every kid. I remember every girl who ever played for me," she said. "I've been to several of their weddings, and I've met several of their children. It's been neat to get close to that many girls."

Buher is currently running the LHS summer program, according to Bellville.


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