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Last Updated: Aug 4th, 2017 - 10:31:10

Govan bringing 'bigger than basketball' leadership to Crossett court
Jul 19, 2017, 15:37

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The Crossett School Board Officially hired a Crossett High School alumna, Shanae Govan, as the head basketball coach for the Lady Eagles.

CHS Class of 2010 alumna Shanae Govan has been hired as the new head basketball coach for the Lady Eagles. While coaching at Lee Academy in Clarksdale, Miss., above, she led the team there to its first championship since 1992. (SUBMITTED/The News Observer)
Govan graduated from Crossett in 2010 and accepted a basketball scholarship to Arkansas Tech University. In 2012, Govan transferred to Delta State University, where she continued to play basketball and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She was coaching basketball at a private school in Clarksdale, Miss., when Crossett Superintendent Gary Williams contacted her.

“I really had no aspirations to come back to Crossett, but after a long talk with Mr. Williams, and a lot of prayer, I decided why not?” Govan said.

As coach at Lee Academy, Govan led the team to their first state tournament since 1992.

“I’m a little sad to be leaving, but I’m excited about coming home and giv
ing back to my community,” she said.

In Mississippi, Govan was not only a basketball coach, but also a youth minister at Wildlife Ministries in Clarksdale. According to Govan, she will continue her ministry by being a role model and a youth minister to the youth of Crossett. In a self-published book, “Purpose in Adversity,” she talks about her life and why leading others is important to her.

“It’s bigger than basketball, it’s about the game of life,” she said.

--For the complete story, see the print edition.