JC Online Story by Sam King, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Howell went out with a bang.
After the Lafayette Jeff Bronchos placed 22nd in the IHSAA boys state finals earlier this month, the longtime coach has placed the program in the hands of his predecessors.
Howell resigned on Thursday. Assistant Grant Fischer was promoted to the boys head coach and recently hired boys track and field coach Lance Vanvekoven will assume duties with the girls cross country program.
"With these people on board, the timing is right to pass the torch," Howell said in a statement released by the Jeff athletic department. "These coaches will lead our program to good things in the future. I am going to stay involved with the program in different capacities to support them in any way I can."
Howell has been involved in the Bronchos' cross country program for 41 years.
"For 41 years, he's made a difference in our program and in the lives of our students at Jeff," athletic director Peyton Stovall said. "I'm excited that we are able to hire two eager and innovative coaches that are also students of the sport in cross country."