Coach Lingenfelter begins her 16th season as a Head Girls’ Basketball Coach. She has been coaching the sport for a total of 19 consecutive years. This will be her 7th year here at Ware County High School. Last season, Coach Lingenfelter and her Lady Gators set a new school record of winning the "most games ever at Ware County High School in a single season". They went 25-5 last year with a trip back to the Sweet Sixteen. Coach L was born and raised in Blackshear, Ga. She attended Pierce County High School where she was a 4-year varsity starter in softball and basketball. She received a basketball scholarship to Brewton-Parker College. She then transferred to Valdosta State University and graduated with a bachelor degree in Health and Physical Education. She also holds a Master’s Degree and a Specialist Degree in Management & Administration from Nova Southeastern University.
Upon graduating from VSU in the spring of 2000, Mandy started her head coaching career right away at Pierce County High School as the girls head basketball & cross country coach. By her 3rd year of coaching, she took the Cross Country girls to State after finishing as region runner-up. She also took the Lady Bears basketball team to the State Play-offs that same year and was named Okefenokee Area Basketball Coach of the Year. The next year, 2003-2004, she led the Lady Bears to a Region Championship and a Sweet Sixteen Appearance.
Coach Lingenfelter then moved to Douglas where she was the Head Volleyball, Track, and assistant basketball coach. In 2006, she became the Head Basketball coach and led the Lady Trojans to the Sweet Sixteen. She continued to take the Lady Trojans to the state playoffs year after year and won another Region Championship in 08-09. She was also named Region 1-AAAAA Coach of the Year this same season.
Coach Lingenfelter begins her 7th season at Ware County High School. As the Lady Gators Head Coach, Coach L has taken the Lady Gators to the State Playoffs 3 of the past 5 years. Her 2012-2013 team went as far as the Sweet Sixteen. Coach Lingenfelter was recognized by her colleagues with an Outstanding Achievement Award for her 200th career win-Jan. 10, 2014. Although CoachLingenfelter has 9 State Tournament appearances, 4 State Sweet Sixteens, 2 Region Championships, 3 time Coach of the Year, GHSA South ALL-STAR Coach, and over 250 career wins, her greatest reward is answering the calls from her former players thanking her for basketball developing them into great citizens! Basketball is a excellent tool for teaching life and hard work/discipline. She has had the privilege to watch 9 of her former players sign basketball scholarships to play at the next level.
Coach Lingenfelter currently teaches in the weight room and personal fitness/health at the high school. She is married to Jamie Lingenfelter. They have two children: Mattie and Landon. Her family is actively involved at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear.