Steffen accepts position at alma mater

Lance Steffen, Perkins County Schools athletic director, social studies teacher, head football coach and head girls basketball coach, has accepted a social studies teaching and football coaching position at his alma mater, Elmwood Murdock Public Schools for the 2018-19 school year. 

Steffen joined PCS as the full-time 7-12 social studies teacher in January 2015. He assisted in coaching girls basketball and football, accepting the head girls basketball coaching position for the 2016-17 season and the head football coaching position this past season. He’s been serving as athletic director since the beginning of the school year. 

Steffen’s wife Katelyn currently teaches special education at Perkins County and will be teaching at Waverly Public Schools. 

Steffen said their decision to move was “almost entirely because of family,” as they are both from the area. 

He said he loved his time at Perkins County and enjoyed the opportunites to work with students at various levels and grow as a person, educator, and coach.

“We are excited about the opportunity to be closer to family and do what we love to do. I am extremely grateful for the kids and families I have had the opportunity to work with these past three-and-a-half years and I wouldn’t trade this opportunity for anything,” said Steffen.

Superintendent Phillip Picquet said with the Steffens’ resignations in addition to Erica Turner stepping down as head volleyball coach and Diana Tate retiring, current openings they have include athletic director, 7-12 special education, 7-12 social studies, 7-12 Spanish, head football coach, head girls basketball coach, head volleyball coach and junior high head girls basketball coach.

Picquet said they always look at current staffing and how they can fill positions from within, and there are some possibilities there. 

They also began advertising. 

Picquet said it’s still early so they have time to get everything situated. 

“The most important thing is to meet the needs of our kids,” he said.

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