The Paris News
DETROIT — Lance Connot has been hired as the athletic director/head football coach at Detroit High School.
The hire was made official during a special school board meeting this past week. He replaces former head football coach Stuart Proctor, who has been reassigned to other duties within the school district.
In his position as athletic director, Connot replaces longtime athletic director Mike Barley. Barley, who has been employed by Detroit ISD since 1991, will remain employed at the school as head baseball coach.
"We decided as a district to combine the head football coach and athletic director positions, which is the way it's done in most school districts," Detroit ISD Superintendent Steve Drummond said. "It hasn't been done like that in Detroit in a while, so we decided to combine them."
Connot, who turns 24 in May, has been an assistant football coach at Detroit for the past two years and was defensive coordinator in 2010.
"It feels really good to have these responsibilities and duties at this young age," Connot said. "It's a big compliment to the hard work I've been putting in, and it's good to see my hard work pay off."
Connot is a native of the Red River Valley area. He graduated from Prairiland High School, and his father Rick is head baseball coach and an assistant football coach at Prairiland.
Now, he's ready to continue his career with his promotion on the Detroit High School campus.
"I've learned some good things from other coaches here, and I learned more about the community our kids come from," Lance Connot said. "Detroit is a tight-knit community, and I'm looking forward to the support I will get from them."
Proctor was head coach of the Eagles for two seasons. He was 4-17 in two seasons as head coach but guided them to the playoffs this past season, which was their first playoff berth since 1999.
Drummond also confirmed the resignation of head basketball coach Dwight McCowan, who just completed his first year as head coach at Detroit.
A decision on the future of that position likely will be decided at the next school board meeting on March 21.
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