Lawhon named new boys basketball coach

Posted on: March 21, 2020
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As the Little Miami boys’ basketball program prepares to head into Eastern Cincinnati Conference competition this coming fall, there will be a new head coach at the helm.

Pending Board of Educational approval on Tuesday, March 24, Brian Lawhon will become the new leader of Panther basketball. Former LM head coach Mike Craig stepped away from the program on March 11.

Lawhon joins Little Miami from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy where he has been head coach since 2017. He was named District 16 Coach of the Year this season after winning a district championship at CHCA for the first time in school history. 

Lawhon is a Little Miami resident and has nearly 20 years of coaching experience both at the high school and college level. At CHCA, he amassed a 55-16 record over three seasons and produced two Miami Valley Conference players of the year. Prior to coaching at CHCA, he coached at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and Wilmington College.

Athletic Director Keith Pantling said bringing Lawhon on board is an exciting step to get Panther basketball ready for the ECC.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome Coach Lawhon to lead the program,” he said. “Brian has a comprehensive plan to improve the entire program that encompasses hard work, character development and a healthy competitive spirit. He’s a builder. Brian has built a competitive program at CHCA, rooted in discipline and togetherness. 

“I’m confident he will guide us to becoming a prominent Division I program that our community is proud of and will rally behind. “

Lawhon is not only a coach but a former player. He was part of the 1996-97 back-to-back Greater Miami Conference championship teams at Sycamore High School and was a four-year starter for Northern Kentucky University. He set three school records for the Norse, including the most 3-point field goals made in a game (11-16) and highest field goal percentage in a game (10-10).

He said he is looking forward to getting to work at Little Miami.

“I am so grateful to be part of the Panther community,” Lawhon said. “The competitiveness of the athletic department is evident and exciting. I will never stop working and competing to reach our goals as a program.  We will realize new accomplishments with dedication, hard work and a newly discovered culture. 

This will be an incredible journey that will be dominated by the loyalty of the kids in the program, family support, and community pride.”



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