Hire Keith Szymkw as LOHS Girls Track Head Coach

Hire Keith Szymkw as LOHS Girls Track Head Coach

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Erin Kurtycz started this petition to Chris Bell

The Lake Orion High School Girl’s Track Team was deeply saddened to learn that Head Coach, Dave Hutson, would not be returning to his position next year. When he announced that the 2019 track season would be his last with the team, many girls became extremely emotional and wept at the loss. There is a big spot to fill on the team now as head coach, and many of the athletes already have someone in mind. Keith Szymkw was a former sprinting coach for the team, and even took the role as head coach when Coach Hutson left to study abroad in Europe for a couple months. During the time Keith was head coach, the team won every single meet it competed in, dual meets and varsity invitationals. We believe rehiring Coach Keith as head coach would benefit the team in a multitude of ways: 

1. It would keep the performance level of the team at the high level it has been for the past few years. The track team has won the regional meet for the past three years, and since 2016 the dual meet record is 16-1. Much of this time Keith played a central role in coaching many of the athletes and creating successful lineups. 

2. He knows the athletes. Since he has already coached many of the athletes, integrating back into the position would not be hard. The athletes are already comfortable with him, and have formed many personal bonds. He would not have to try to introduce himself and create bonds while also trying to successfully coach. The athletes would be grateful if he had the opportunity to coach again.

3. Since he has already coached at Lake Orion before, he knows how everything is run. He already knows the extensive warm up drill, and how the organization of the workouts are. He would not have to try to figure all of this out while, again, keeping up as a successful head coach. This would also benefit the older team members who are acclimated to the warm up and format of workouts. 

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