Dawson’s legendary Steve Sweat retires from Lady Tigers program
It never seemed like this day would ever come, but here we are. Legendary coach Steve Sweat of Dawson County announced his retirement from the Lady Tigers basketball program. Sweat, who had retired from teaching years ago, but stayed on as head coach, leaves following a 14-14 season that resulted in an 8th consecutive state playoff berth.
“I have been praying about this decision,” Sweat told BLITZ. “Seeking answers and they came in different ways! I have been blessed in many ways throughout my career! To get to make this decision is a blessing. I thank God for my family and career!”
Following the 2019-20 season, Sweat has exactly 567 wins as a head basketball coach for Dawson County and West Hall, notably. Among his 30-plus years of coaching, Sweat has coached at Dawson in two stays (’84-’94; ’06-Present), and had a 12-year stay from ’94-’06 at West Hall.
In Sweat’s time, he has coached two undefeated regular seasons (one at West Hall, one at Dawson County in ’14-15), and has appeared in the State Championship three times (including two in Dawsonville in ’12-13 & ’90-91). Sweat’s resume includes a pair of regular season or tournament region titles in his recent Dawson County tenure.
Sweat has already been named a Legendary Coach by BLITZ, an elite group of the best to coach any sport in the local area.