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Basketball: Fisher to step down from head coaching position after season
Lambert girls basketball head coach Jaime Fisher consults with her team during the Longhorns' game at North Forsyth on Jan. 19, 2018. - photo by Brian Paglia

In the course of this basketball season, Lambert girls head coach Jaime Fisher had the realization that hits almost all new parents at some point.

"You think you know, but you don't know," Fisher said on Monday after leading the Longhorns through practice. 

Fisher, currently in her fifth season as head coach at Lambert, had her son, Michael, a bit over a year ago. She took a leave of absence then, and assistant coach Carolyn Whitney took over head coaching duties, leading the Longhorns to a berth in the state quarterfinals. 

The plan then was for Fisher to come back for the next season, and Whitney left over the offseason to take the head coaching job at Brookwood. Fisher has led the Longhorns to an 18-9 record this season, helping the team get over the loss of impact senior M.E. Craven to a knee injury before the season. 

But Fisher has also recognized the value of every minute she spends with her son, and leading a basketball program was eating into that time.

"He just turned one last week, and it's just flown by," Fisher said. 

When she got the opportunity to teach physical education at Alliance Academy for Innovation, the county's career academy set to open this fall, and work with principal Brandi Cannizzaro, a former assistant principal at Lambert, Fisher couldn't say no. After this season ends, she'll step away from coaching for the time being.

Fisher estimates that she told the team of her plans a month ago. Since then, the Longhorns have earned a No. 3 state playoff seed, beaten Mill Creek in the first round, and now have their second round game on Thursday, when they'll face No. 9-ranked Newton in Covington.

Fisher didn't say she'd be directly involved in Lambert's search for a new head coach, but she'll offer input if athletic director Drew Ferrer asks for it. She also didn't close the door on coaching basketball in the future and extending a career that has taken her from star player at South Gwinnett and Georgia Tech to head coach of the Comets and Longhorns. 

"I don't know what the future holds," Fisher said. "But I'm not saying goodbye forever."