MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The future of athletics at Mountain House High School rests in the hands of LeVinia Woods, who was hired Wednesday, Jan. 15, as the school’s first athletic director.
Woods was selected from a pool of 28 applicants that was narrowed to two finalists, according to Mountain House High School Principal Ben Fobert. She was chosen after a final round of interviews Wednesday.
“She had great energy about her,” Fobert said.
Superintendent Kirk Nicholas told the Lammersville Unified School District trustees at their monthly meeting Wednesday that he was proud to present Woods as the recommended choice.
“There is a passion people have when they work with teens and kids, and hers was no act,” he said. “It came from the gut.”
The five trustees unanimously approved Woods as the new athletic director Wednesday.
According to her résumé, Woods worked as the athletic director of the Tracy Learning Center’s Millennium High School from August 2009 to June 2012. She was hired at Millennium in August 2007 and continues to work at the school as a teacher of physical education and criminal justice.
“I hear the students love her,” Fobert said. “She’s the kind of teacher that really makes connections with the kids.”
She was also named the Harvest Christian League coach of the year in 2007 for boys varsity soccer.
Fobert said Woods will work part time at both the Mountain House and Millennium campuses until the end of the school year.
Athletic facilities are already going up on Mountain House High campus, and office manager Dawn Fontenot said the staff may move in by May.
The Mustangs will be part of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV Trans Valley League, which will include Escalon, Hilmar, Hughson, Ripon and Riverbank high schools. Modesto Christian will also be included for all sports except basketball, and Ripon Christian will play basketball in the TVL, but not in its regular Southern League.
The school will have junior varsity teams for most sports the first year, when the campus is expected to have 400 to 450 students, all of them freshmen or sophomores. The first varsity teams will be formed for the 2015-16 school year.
Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bob Brownne contributed to this report.