Erin-Elizabeth Purcell – Mustangs Ahead 

Bill Zarrella (l) takes over coaching duties from daughter Kristin Wikstrom

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS girls track and cross-country head coach Kristen Wikstrom will be stepping down after this school year.

Her father, Bill Zarrella, will replace her as head coach.

Wikstrom’s career with running at LRHS goes all the way back to when she herself was a student athlete.

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Wikstrom said, “I am taking a step back to focus on my family and my health. This definitely isn’t the end of coaching for me, but rather a pause.”

Zarrella is excited to take the position even without his daughter.

“Wikstrom is an amazing coach,” he said, “and I hope to lead this team with the same resilience she shows. I am here to help these athletes, but this will always be her team.”

Zarrella has been the boys cross-country coach for many years and with Wikstrom leaving he will oversee both teams.