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Going home when the game's finished

June 28, 2005|by CHRIS CARTER

Charlie Cline has bled green for most of his life.

For the first July in 37 years, Cline will have no official affiliation with Musselman High School.

Cline, 58, will retire from his position of athletic director, effective Thursday, citing that he no longer has the appetite for the long hours and large workload required of being the AD.

"As much as I loved being at Musselman, there just comes a time for people to retire and to let someone else take over," Cline said. "I've spent a lot of time in the building and it's been a real pleasure to work with such good people. ... I just didn't want to start a 38th year having that schedule."

Cline's responsibilities, which he said routinely kept him busy for 50 to 60 hours per week, ranged from sports scheduling, budget planning and staffing events, to arriving early to prepare for games and staying late to clean up.

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"I'm looking forward to going to the games and just being a spectator," Cline said. "I want to be able to sit in the bleachers, watch the kids play and not have to worry about stacking chairs, locking gates and all of the other stuff.

"I want to go when the game starts and leave when it's over."

Though Cline has admitted that he won't lose any sleep over not being responsible for the extensive duties of athletic director, he said that the people he's met and worked with over his long tenure will be dearly missed.

"I'm going to miss everyone - from the coaches, the students, the faculty and even some of the other ADs from around the area that I've worked with," he said. "I've met some fantastic folks in my time there."

He also was there for his sons, Chris and Chad, both Musselman graduates.

"Being able to watch my sons go through school and play sports are probably my best memories," Cline said. "Any parent would understand how meaningful that is and I couldn't be more proud."

Cline's involvement at the school dates back to the 1950s, when he was a student. He graduated from Musselman in 1964 and returned in 1968 and served as health, social studies and physical education instructor. Cline coached basketball and track before assuming the position of athletic director in 1975.

"I had a great time at Musselman - as a student and as an employee for 37 years," he said. "I have great feelings toward that school."

The feelings must be mutual, as Musselman honored Cline at a recent awards assembly by naming the basketball court after him. Beginning this season, it will be known as Cline Court.

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