There aren’t many student-athletes that have come through North Oconee High School in the last two decades that haven’t been come across or been coached by Randy Cain.
Cain has taught and coached at Malcom Bridge Middle School since the school opened and spent seven years prior to that teaching and coaching at Oconee County Middle School.
For 30 years Cain has taken young student-athletes under his wing and once they were under his wing, he followed them all the way.
Watching former players and students go on to have success is one of his favorite parts of the career he’s had for 30 years.
“I could not think of a better profession and a better time to spend my 30 years than teaching in Oconee County,” Cain said. “Malcom Bridge and North Oconee have been tremendous supporters. I’ve been able to watch a program when it started to both schools. Both had their growing pains, but I had the opportunity to watch it to grow to be successful programs. I think I get more pleasure seeing kids that I coached have success at North Oconee than I do even when I coach them. To see the kids mature physically, mature in so many different ways and then have productive years at North Oconee under the coaching staffs that they’ve had… It’s been great to be a small piece of that.”
At the end of the school year, Cain decided to retire. Cain felt the timing fell into place perfectly. As his son walked across the stage for graduation and he hit 30 years of work in the Oconee County School District, Cain felt it was a good time to step away.
“It just felt like the timing was very good,” Cain said. “We leave our P.E. program and sports program in a tremendous place. It couldn’t have been a better transition for me to leave at this time.”
Cain credits his assistant coached for being his support system as a coach over his three decades coaching. Learning from his assistants along the way is how Cain feels he was able to handle the job for so long. Cain felt it fitting that his two assistants for both the MBMS football team and basketball team are replacing him. Leaving the two programs in what he considers good hands made his decision to step away all the easier.
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