LKNC welcomes Coach Mason Padgett as our new Athletic Director and Men's Basketball Coach. Coach Padgett is coming to us from Cannon School in Concord, North Carolina, where he was an Assistant Coach on the Varsity Men’s Basketball staff and also served as the Director of Basketball Operations for all the Basketball programs at Cannon School. Before joining the Cannon staff, Coach Padgett was the Head Assistant for the Men’s Basketball Program at Hickory High School, where he helped the Red Tornadoes secure a trip to the NCHSAA 3A Final Four in 2015 along with victories in two Conference Regular Season Championships, two Tournament Championships, and two Catawba Valley Christmas Tournament Championships.
Coach Padgett has a Bachelor’s Degree from Catawba College in Physical Education. While earning his degree, he was a scholarship athlete on the Cross Country team and also served on the Catawba Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff from 2011-2014.
Coach Padgett believes in students that will put the team before themselves and will serve their team where they're needed in order to help the team succeed. He also values student-athletes that have a high character and a positive attitude along with a great work ethic both on the off the courts and fields.