An E.D. White athletic department mainstay has announced that he is stepping down as the school’s athletic director.
Another E.D. White athletic department mainstay has been appointed to take his place. She will land in the position with a clear goal to keep the Cardinals’ sporting programs on the right track.
Longtime E.D. White Athletic Director Preston LeJeune announced that the 2013-14 school year will mark his last as E.D. White’s AD – the end of a 22-year run in the position.
The Cardinals have tapped veteran volleyball coach Mary Cavell to take LeJeune’s place effective at the start of the next school year.
Cavell has been E.D. White’s volleyball coach since 1991. In her tenure, the Cardinals have won multiple state championships and have been an annual power.
Cavell is also a math teacher at the school, and has spent time coaching track, tennis, soccer and basketball.
“I think it’s a great honor for me, because we have such a great athletic department at this school,” Cavell said. “I had the pleasure of being mentored by Coach Preston and also our former athletic director, Mr. Eddie Cole. I think the things that I learned from them will be priceless and will allow me to really keep things going smoothly here.”
Cavell said once in charge, a commonly known cliché will help guide her tenure: If it ain’t broke, then don’t fix it.
The longtime Lady Cardinals’ volleyball coach praised LeJeune’s work as E.D. White’s AD, touting that he oversaw a program that competed for championships, but also molded quality student athletes.
Cavell said that when August rolls around, she aims to follow the same formula as LeJeune, touting that the main purpose of prep athletics is to use the world of sports to teach life lessons and teamwork skills.
“I don’t have a set plan, per-se, because there’s not a lot that we’re going to be aiming to do that is much different from anything that we’re doing in the present,” Cavell said. “We’ll do things the same.”