Originally Published: January 30, 2015 6 a.m.
Former Prescott High girls' basketball coach Missy Townsend will take over as the school's athletic director, replacing outgoing A.D. Mark Goligoski this summer in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year.
Earlier this month, Goligoski was named the new principal at Prescott Mile High Middle School. He will start his new position this fall after three years as the Badgers' A.D.
Townsend, who remains a teacher at PHS and holds a master's degree in sports and recreation management (coaching education emphasis), has been shadowing Goligoski since she stepped down as the girls' hoops coach last March, learning the ins and outs of the job.
"Obviously I'm super excited to continue to work in the athletic department at PHS," Townsend said. "I look forward to continuing the foundations that Mark has put in place - pulling in and supporting the coaches and athletes. I want to pick up where he's gotten us, grow our programs and be successful."
Currently, Goligoski said Townsend has been spearheading the school's appeals of the Arizona Interscholastic Association's (AIA) recent divisional realignment that affects some of Prescott's sports programs.
"We've been working together quite a bit (including on the appeals)," said Goligoski, who's not sure when his last day will be as A.D. "She's worked with me on events and projects."
From 2007-08 through 2013-14, Townsend most notably led the Badgers' girls' basketball program to six state tournament appearances in seven seasons.
Goligoski has praised Townsend for her coaching ability as well as her skill in building the PHS girls' hoops program - establishing a booster club and tournaments, including the annual Lady Badger Classic.
He added that he's proud of Prescott High's sports programs and how they have helped mold student-athletes into more well-rounded, character-focused individuals.
"I'm really going to miss Prescott High, but at the same time I've learned so much about athletics and what they do for our students," he said. "It's been an invaluable experience."
Goligoski went on to say that he appreciated the "opportunity to work with amazing people" at the high school as well as with administrators and coaches in other northern Arizona school districts, including Humboldt, Flagstaff and Mingus Union, and those statewide.
"All of our teams play hard and compete," he said of the relationship between Prescott and its neighboring districts' high school sports programs. "But at the end of the day, we're still friendly with each other."
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