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By Andrew Christiansen
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Smith takes break from coaching to certify for school administration

 

Andrew Christiansen

TAKING A DIFFERENT DIRECTION: Lori Smith is stepping down from coaching at Lyle-Wishram to pursue her certification in school administration. Smith has coached most of her 27 years at Lyle and Lyle-Wishram. She started at Lyle as a second grade teacher and has taught middle school ever since.

Every coach would like to go out on top. While Lyle-Wishram didn't quite get there during Lori Smith's 21 years as a coach, they did get to State in volleyball and basketball during this past school year, a rare feat for the Lady Cougars. In fact, while Lyle has made it to State in basketball several times, the volleyball team has only made it one other time, back in 2001.

"This group is better, as a group [than her 2001 team]," said Smith. "We have a deeper bench. No stand out players, but different, "Wow" players on different nights."

Smith should know. She began coaching volleyball right out of college in 1990. She has coached volleyball at Lyle ever since, except for a six-year break....



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