published Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

Softball legend Clifford Kirk retiring as Soddy-Daisy High School coach

Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press 
Soddy-Daisy coach Clifford Kirk signals during a game.
Staff Photo by Angela Lewis/Chattanooga Times Free Press Soddy-Daisy coach Clifford Kirk signals during a game.
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Clifford Kirk, who has won 10 Class AAA championships in his 26-year head coaching career, has announced he is retiring as the softball coach at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Kirk’s coaching career began at Lookout Valley where he was an assistant to Pat Conard in 1985 and ’86. He then guided Hixson to titles the next two seasons before taking over at Soddy-Daisy beginning with the ’89-90 school year.

Kirk is also the coach at Soddy-Daisy Middle and said he will coach there at least one more season.

For more on this story, read Thursday’s Times Free Press.

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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