LCS hires softball coach

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

LE MARS — Le Mars Community Schools has a new head girls softball coach.

At their Monday meeting, school board members received the recommendation on a contract for Keely Steffen as head girls softball coach for the upcoming season.

“After almost a year of searching, we finally found a softball coach and a good one at that,” LCS Superintendent Dr. Steve Webner told the board. “Keely is currently a Morningside student and a very good softball player for Morningside.”

Steffen has been an assistant softball coach at Kingsley-Pierson as well as West High School in Sioux City. She played high school softball at Woodbury-Central High School.

“She comes very highly recommended,” Webner added.

The contract is for $5,736.

The position had been vacant following the resignation of Rachel Harris. Harris submitted her resignation for the summer 2018 season. At that time, the board approved it at that time, “pending finding a suitable replacement.”

No one was hired, and Harris coached for the 2019 softball season, which was also her last.

Since then, the district has been seeking a new coach.

It was at the Aug. 26 meeting when a number of parents of the varsity and junior varsity softball players came to the board to air their concerns about not having a coach in place. The parents said there were many unanswered questions for team members as far as training and conditioning for the upcoming season.

Another coaching contract was also on the agenda. It was for Judd Kopperud, to take on middle school assistant track coach responsibilities for $2,294.46.

“This is a position that was vacated by Mr. (Dave) Den Herder,” Webner said. “We appreciate what he has done in the past.”

The board unanimously approved both contracts.

Another sports related discussion revolved around the football stadium complex and completion of the track surface. Webner gave the board an update.

“I had a phone call today with L&L Builders, and they are not pleased, nor am I, with the progress of the track,” Webner said. “With the track, there was some lack of communication given to L&L Builders and the district on what needed to occur in order to have this thing finished.”

At this point, the track surface is planned to be red and that needs to be painted before lines can be put on.

“What they have told us is they need five straight days of no moisture, otherwise the warranty is void by the manufacturer. So, we’re looking a our options at this point,” he said.

“One option may be to line the track now, because they need only three days of no moisture and they can do that at most any temperature, so they should be able to find three days no moisture, hopefully, and then paint the track next year red,” Webner explained.

If the lines were painted now, and the track red before track season, the company would redo the lines free next year.

“If you had told me three months ago that this project would not be done, I wouldn’t have believed you. But after this project, I’ll believe anything at this point,” Wenber said.

Webner and the stadium committee members will talk about the next options.

“Our highest priority will be to have a track season next year,” he said.

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