Coach Mike Lee shows off his plaque as Clinton’s 2014 Citizen of the Year, as well as the woman who has been at his side throughout his 24-year coaching career here, wife Patty. During those years his teams won 271 football games and nine state titles. At right are Sherry and Randy Meacham, who shared the award in 2013 for co-chairing Clinton’s big reunion.Gerrie Cordes, left, gets a hug and a plaque from Kelli Salazar who announces her as AMBUCS Woman of the Year.Debra and Mark Nicholson, center right, owners of the Pepsi-Cola distributorship in Clinton, receive their plaque as Business Persons of the Year from Rotarian and outgoing Chamber Chair Patch McComas. Other members of the Nicholson family, from the left, are Levi holding Hutton, Sara holding Har-per, and at right, Baily Kauk holding Audrey Kauk, and Clay Kauk.

Coach Lee named city’s Citizen of Year

Hall of Fame football coach Mike Lee turned the tables on the community that gathered Friday night to honor him as its Citizen of the Year for 2014.

Like many young coaches, Lee said that early in his career he was ambitious and trying to improve himself, so he moved from town to town at every opportunity he got to advance up the coaching ladder. But that changed when he arrived in Clinton.

“By far, bar none, the best community I’ve ever lived in is Clinton, Oklahoma,” Lee told the crowd gathered at Friday’s annual Chamber of Commerce banquet to recognize him for his 24 years as a coach and educator here.

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