Over the past several years, the Lufkin Lady Panthers’ basketball team has established a winning tradition that has led to multiple district championships along with a steady stream of recruits to the collegiate level.

Earlier this week, the Lady Pack got a new face of the program as SaDale Lamb was named head girls basketball coach. He takes over for Harold Scroggins, who turned in his letter of resignation in order to take a job with the Nacogdoches athletic program. In his time in Lufkin, Scroggins posted a 131-31 overall record along with four district championships.

This past season, he led the Lady Panthers to an undefeated district title and a spot in the area round of the playoffs. Lufkin spent much of the season among the state’s Top 25 teams.

“With what Coach Scroggins was able to accomplish here, I’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Lamb said. “I’m excited to step into it and see what I can do. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Lamb is entering his eighth season in the Lufkin athletic program. He has served as an assistant for the Panthers’ basketball program as well as the football team. He will also continue to coach freshman football and serve as the team’s assistant recruiting coordinator, both positions he requested to keep with his promotion to head basketball coach.

He said his coaching style will rely on some of the basics of basketball that also depend on hard work on and off the court.

“My philosophy is to have discipline and defense,” Lamb said. “Those are the main things that we’re going to focus on. After that, we’ll get rolling from there.”

Lamb also said he hopes his experience in the Lufkin program will help ease the transition as the team enters the summer. The Lady Panthers will look to replace several key seniors from last season’s squad while looking to continue their recent run of district titles.

“I think it’s very beneficial that I’ve been here and been around some of these players,” Lamb said. “I’ve been able to build relationships with several of the athletes here, and I’m looking forward to continuing where Coach Scroggins left off.”

Josh Havard’s email address is josh.havard@lufkindailynews.com.

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