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FPD Labels Derek Lashley as Head Cross Country Coach

MACON, Ga. – FPD’s current varsity tennis coach will now lead another team in the fall athletic season.

The FPD Athletic Department and Athletic Director Greg Moore appointed Derek Lashley as head cross country coach, announced at a team meeting on Wednesday, May 10.

“We are grateful to Coach Middlebrooks for his hard work with our Cross Country program, and we wish him much success as he pursues a different career path outside of education,” Moore said. “Coach Lashley will do a great job – we’re excited to have him step into the lead on our proud tradition of running success.”

Lashley is the seventh head coach in program history and is eager to take the team to new heights.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity to lead the Lady Vikings and Vikings,” Lashley said. “I am committed to the school’s mission and confident on leading a program that has a strong tradition of excellence.”

The main goal, Lashley says, is to promote the program to fit the school’s mission of educating and equipping students to change the world for God’s glory.

“I want our kids to achieve personal records and go about our work with a team-first attitude,” Lashley said. “We will find ways for our athletes to be leaders both on and off the course. I feel that I can get that message across with the lessons I have learned from being the head tennis coach and through watching other great coaches at FPD.”

Lashley graduated from Central High School in Macon in 1989 and played tennis, basketball and baseball for the Chargers.

He moved on to Macon State where he competed in tennis and basketball at the junior college level before completing his degree in marketing.

“The best thing about being a coach at FPD is learning from other coaches and teaching your kids to have a competitive spirit while still having fun,” Lashley said. “I look to create ways we can achieve that as a team.”

Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Lady Vikings and Vikings have combined for 10 Area-1 Private Championships. Both squads have also made numerous appearances in the Class-A Private State Meet.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.