Rashad West is stepping down as LRHS’s head football coach.

LRHS Head Football Coach Rashad West will be leaving the Mustangs after four successful years to coach at Palmetto High.

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On Monday West accepted the opportunity to coach football players at Palmetto High School. He says that he was initially attracted to the job was the fact that it was the only school in the city of Palmetto.

Athletic Director Kent Ringquist said, “When West was hired the team went 0-10 the previous year. West built the program up to a winning record team every year.”  

Ringquist also says that he will also be preparing to “start interviewing right away and plan to have our coach named mid-March.”

Many LRHS football players admired West’s coaching but understand he sees it as a professional opportunity.  

Freshman varsity football player Cole Wetherington said, “I understand that this is a better opportunity for him and respect his decision and as a football program; we are just going to have to move forward.”

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While West is excited to be the new coach at Palmetto, he said that he will miss “the people, the relationships that [he’s] been able to build during [his] time here.”

He said that he is “really proud pf how much the kids bought in over time and our ability to change the trajectory of the program.”

Even though West is looking forward to his new opportunity, he wants to be remembered as “someone that made a difference in the lives of the students [I] came in contact [with] while here.”

As West prepares to coach his new team, he told HT Preps that his first priority is “getting around the kids so they know [him] and are comfortable with [him].”

Isabella Monsalve-Salinas assisted with this story