Hazen High School announced three new coaches who will be joining the staff next year.
Matt Donnelly will be taking over the Highlander cross country program. Donnelly is a graduate of Renton High School where he starred in both cross country and track.
He won a state title in the 1600 meters his junior year and finished as an All-American in the mile in 1983.
He went on to earn All Pac-10 status in each of his four years running at the University of Washington.
He has coached cross country at Tahoma High School and more recently was an assistant track coach at Renton High School.
He is taking over a program coming off an 11th place finish at state on the girls’s side with most of the squad returning.
Shannon Luedtke has been named the new head coach of the Hazen gymnastics program after serving as an assistant with Hazen for the past four years.
In her four years as an assistant, Luedtke helped the team earn three league championships and send multiple athletes to the state competition each year.
Her enthusiasm for the sport of gymnastics and the students of Hazen set her apart and we are looking forward to watching her impact the lives of Highlander gymnasts, a release from Hazen High School stated.
Kyle Baldwin has been selected as the new head coach of the Hazen boys basketball program.
Baldwin is a graduate of Hazen High School and has been involved with Hazen basketball ever since.
He started his coaching career with the Highlander select program helping future Highlanders get ready for high school basketball.
For the last three years, Baldwin has worked with the Hazen program directly as an assistant coach.
We are excited that Baldwin will bring some continuity to the program and know that his passion for Hazen basketball will be reflected by the play of his teams, the release stated.
All three coaches are focused on competing at the highest level in their respective sports while maintaining high standards for their athletes in the classroom, the release stated.
All three programs are in good hands to move forward with the tenets of Hazen athletics: Scholarship—Sportsmanship—Leadership—Championship, the release stated.