Tagg Lain reflects on coaching career following retirement

Published: May. 4, 2022 at 1:32 AM CDT|Updated: May. 4, 2022 at 1:43 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Cheyenne Central Boys Basketball Head Coach Tagg Lain announced his retirement on Monday after 30 years of service to LCSD #1.

Lain said his wife Mary is in the process of finding a job, which will likely require relocation. Therefore he said he felt like this was the right time to step away.

Lain is originally from Cheyenne and is an East graduate, but he is most known for his years on the Central Basketball bench and in the Cheyenne Post 6 dugout.

“You always remember those big victories and those championships, obviously, but also the things that have stuck with me is some of the really tough losses and some of those losses where you felt like you’re gonna have to scrape yourself off the floor,” said Lain.

The coach went on to specifically mention Central’s crushing regional elimination as a top seed in 2020 and the resolve of his team to qualify for and win the state tournament in 2021.

There was a lot of winning under Coach Lain. He won two state titles in eight seasons as a head boys basketball coach at Central and he was also on the bench as an assistant for the Central Boys’ state championship win in 1998. Lain also won 14 Wyoming AA Legion Baseball State Championships as the manager of Cheyenne Post 6.

According to Lain, the decision to retire came down to family.

“I have an opportunity to spend a lot of time with [my newborn son] Tark and that’s time that maybe I didn’t have with my other boys,” said Lain. “I have a great relationship with my boys, but I look forward to enjoying [retirement] and just sitting back and enjoying life a little bit.”

Cheyenne Central Athletic Director Chad Whitworth said in the retirement email press release on Monday that Central “will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.”

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