April Cassell Steps Down as Head Cross Country & Track Coach

MACON, Ga. – FPD head girls cross country and track coach April Cassell announced at a team meeting on Monday, May 12 that she will not return for the 2014-15 school year in order to pursue ministry work for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), ending a seven-year stint as head coach.

Cassell said she felt called into ministry and hopes to make the organization bigger in the near future.

“I have always loved FCA since high school,” Cassell said. “After working camps over the past four summers, it was apparent that God was leading me in this direction.”

Athletic Director Greg Moore says Cassell served the school well during her time.

“I can’t be anything but happy for April as she steps out into the calling of full-time ministry,” Moore said. “She’s been a wonderful teacher, coach and mentor for our student-athletes and I know all can appreciate the type of person she is and the job she will do for FCA.”

A member of the FPD faculty since 2004, Cassell took over the girls cross country program in 2008, leading the squad to a GISA state championship in 2009. She has also been at the helm of four consecutive region championship teams from 2010 to 2013, all as a member of the GHSA.

In track and field, Cassell’s teams have won four region championships during her tenure, including back-to-back GISA state titles in 2009 and 2010.

The decision, however, didn’t come easy for Cassell.

“I’ll miss the people and kids that I’ve worked with,” Cassell said. “FPD is a great place to work. It’s like my second family.”

Although her duties are uncertain at this time, Cassell hopes to be an area representative for FCA and start a coaches wives ministry.

“Along with being a representative, I hope to bring a female perspective to the organization,” Cassell said.

Details on Cassell’s successor will be announced at a later time.

According to its website, FCA “seeks to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.” More information on the organization can be found at

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