After five years as the assistant athletic director at Webster County High School, Zack LaGrange has been promoted to AD for the school.
LaGrange was announced Monday, July 11, as the next to fill the position. He will also take over duties as safe schools coordinator for the district.
LaGrange was the assistant athletic director under long-time AD Matt Bell, who resigned in June to take a position with Caldwell County Schools as technology director. Bell served in the role for 12 years.
“I feel very blessed and honored to be named the new athletic director, and to get the opportunity to have an impact on our student athletes in the entire athletic program as a whole,” he said.
LaGrange has been the football coach for the Trojans since the 2016 season. He will continue that role along with his new responsibilities. He said he wants to continue the tradition of making the players the central focus.
“It’s always going to be about what’s best for our kids, and to give them the best experience we can,” he explained. “We want to make a connection with the community and to continue to grow.”
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Before leaving, Bell had started the process to add bass fishing as a new part of the athletic department. LaGrange stated that is still the plan for the upcoming season.
“We’re taking it day by day,” he said. “We want to offer every opportunity we can. If we can do it, then we’re going to do it.”
But adding new programs isn’t the only thing LaGrange has in mind during his tenure.
“We can improve on every little thing we do,” he said. “We’re going to have a growth mindset in this department. There’s facility upgrades, figuring out how to improve attendance, and bring in community engagement.
“This high school is a part of the community, and we want to make the community members proud.”