April 30, 2003
One of the bright young high school basketball coaches in the state of Georgia is leaving Albany to return to her hometown.
Sherwood Christian girls basketball coach Shelli Wall is leaving the Lady Eagles after five seasons to become the assistant coach at Stratford Academy in Macon.
Wall was hired at Sherwood Christian shortly after she graduated from Georgia Southwestern where she is one of that programs all-time greatest players.
The Lady Eagles won just one game in her first season but three years later they won 21 games and celebrated Sherwood Christian's first region championship.
The Lady Eagles were 10-16 this past season making the GISA state playoffs for a third straight year.
Shelli Wall has turned down other opportunities to leave Sherwood Christian but says the chance to move back to her hometown was the biggest reason she decided to leave now.
She does plan to become a head coach in the future and that could possibly come at Stratford who promoted assistant Ed Smith to head coach two months ago.
No matter where she goes, Shelli Wall says she will never forget the school that took a chance and made her a head coach at the ripe old age of 22.
Shelli Wall said "I had never dreamed I would be here this long, but because I had such great kids to work with and great faculty, staff and administration to work for that I never felt it was the right time to leave. I don't know that this is the right time to leave. I just know more and more that I just wanted to get back home and that is the bottom line."
No word on how long it will be before Sherwood Christian hires a new girls basketball coach.