As everyone is well aware by now, Scott Smith, our AD and Head Football Coach, has resigned to accept the head coaching job at Plano West. Coach Smith had been with LHHS since 2006 and through the years became a great mentor to our kids and friend to the community. We wish Coach Smith and his family all the best with his new position.
We had the opportunity Friday to meet with Principal Miller to discuss his thoughts on the selection process for Coach Smith's successor as well as the ideal candidate. There is no doubt that Principal Miller is dedicated to hiring the best fit for LH possible. The ideal candidate would want to make both a long-term commitment to Lake Highlands and
ensure our sports programs are among the most competitive and well run in the state.
The timeline and process for the search is scheduled to proceed as follows:
1. The job has been posted as of Friday to the RISD website (link below) and has already produced a significant pool of qualified candidates. This posting needs to be made public for a minimum of three weeks. https://www.applitrack.com/risd/OnlineApp/default.aspx?Category=High+School+Teaching+and+Support
2. A search committee including a representative from the Wildcat Club is being created. Scott Johnson, a LHHS graduate and member of the 1981 undefeated State Champion Wildcat football team will be the Club's representative on that committee. Additionally, as past President and a 3 year member of the WIldcat Club's Board of Directors, Scott has the experience and understanding of the unique requirements for this position. Other members will include LHHS Principal Frank Miller, Richardson ISD Athletic Director Bob Dubey and potentially a candidate from both LHJH & FMJH administrations.
3. Interviews for selected candidates will begin the week of April 6.
4. It is the intention of the search committee to have a new Head Coach/AD in place before the Spring Red and White game which is scheduled for 5/2.
If there are any coaches that the community feels should be considered, we strongly encourage you to get that candidate to fill out an application as soon as possible. All applications received will be given thorough consideration prior to a group being selected for personal interviews.
Lake Highlands is truly a unique and awesome place to live. Showing our new head coach how proud of our community we are and the support they can expect to receive from us will be key in securing the right leader. As we anticipate embarking on several capital projects over the next few years to help make our athletic facilities among the best in the state we hope you will get involved. The Wildcat Club welcomes as much community involvement in helping make our sports programs the best that they can be and hopes that if anyone has not yet become a member that you take the time to do so now.
Thank you again for your interest and enthusiasm during this exciting time for our program. We will post additional information on how the process is unfolding when and as we can.
Bill and Lizzy Cronin
LHHS Wildcat Club Presidents
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Greetings Fans of Lake Highlands School Sports Programs,
Thank you for your continued support of Lake Highlands athletics! The Wildcat Club shares in your enthusiasm and as the 2014-15 school is upon us, we invite you to join us as members of the Wildcat Club.
What is the Wildcat Club? For more than 25 years, the Wildcat Club has existed solely to support the many student athletes and coaches involved in ALL of our Lake Highlands sports. This includes Forest Meadow Junior High, Lake Highlands Junior High, the LH Freshman Center and all 17 sports at Lake Highlands High School.
Why do we need the Wildcat Club? The District provides a base level of funding for our sports programs, and that’s good. But in Lake Highlands, we have always been about GREAT. In short, the Wildcat Club helps fill the void between good and great. Last year alone, the Wildcat Club distributed more than $80,000 to fund items such as uniforms, equipment, team apparel, technology, training aids, coaching tools, and facility enhancements that help make Lake Highlands GREAT. These are the items that our kids and coaches would have otherwise done without. As District cuts continue and costs rise, this mission – and your support – is more crucial than ever.
How can I help? That’s the easy part. Join the Wildcat Club today! Our support of GREATNESS is only made possible by the generosity of our members and sponsors. We offer a variety of membership levels starting at $25, and contributions to the Wildcat Club are tax deductible. If your employer offers an Employee Matching Program for charitable contributions, please include your matching form also!
What do I get? In addition to the highly coveted Wildcat Club 2013-14 decals to display on your vehicle, you will receive special recognition in the fabulous Lake Highlands All Sports Program – a 140 page treasure filled with our students, athletes, coaches and organizations that make Lake Highlands High School the cornerstone of our community. And the sooner you join, the more often your name will appear in the 8 editions!
How do I join? Click HERE to join on-line with your credit card or click HERE to download and print the application which may be mailed in with a check. We appreciate your support and Go Cats!
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