New NDP cross country coach to help runners reach potential

New Cross Country Coach Lisa Rawlings. (submitted photo)

New Cross Country Coach Lisa Rawlings. (submitted photo)

Scottsdale’s Notre Dame Preparatory High School has a new head cross country coach, Theology teacher Lisa Rawlings, who will guide the distance runners next year.

Coach Rawlings coached the cross country team at Pope John Paul II Catholic High School in Huntsville, Ala., prior to coming to Notre Dame Prep in 2015. Last season she served as NDP’s assistant cross country coach.

“What I love most about working with athletes is encouraging them to put in the hard work necessary to meet the goals they set for themselves,” Coach Rawlings stated in a press release. “Working with this particular team at NDP last season, I was in awe of their dedication.”

The NDP runners committed to daily practices beginning at 5:30 a.m. A seasoned distance runner herself, Coach Rawlings has completed 17 marathons in 17 states.

“My goal is to run a marathon in all 50 states,” she stated in a release.

Coach Rawlings comes from a family of educators.

“My mother always stressed the importance of education, and I think that is why four of us became teachers,” she stated of her six brothers and sisters.

NDP athletic director Monica Barrett made the announcement of Coach Rawlings appointment on Tuesday, May 17.

“I think NDP is blessed to have Lisa as a coach,” Ms. Barrett stated in the release. “She is amazing, positive and energetic.”

She expects good sportsmanship, work ethic, and integrity of all athletes so that they may use their God-given talents to reach their highest potential.

Opened in 2002, Notre Dame Prep is a Catholic diocesan college preparatory high school with a co-ed enrollment of 894 students. The school has received national recognition for the caliber of its academic and athletic programs. The school is located at 9701 E. Bell Road in Scottsdale.

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