It is with profound sadness that I write this message to you all. I have accepted a position teaching English at Weiss High School and will not be the speech and debate team coach at Pflugerville High School next school year. Due to family obligations, I need to reduce my extracurricular commitments so I am available on weekends to be with my aging parents. I would have loved to stay at PHS but I know myself and I would have tried to stay involved with the team if I had stayed. So while I am cautiously excited at the prospect of new horizons, I will miss all of the amazing students and their amazing parents. They are amazing because of you, parents and guardians. I appreciate the support you have given me, especially when I was a lone coach and needed your help as boosters when we needed to host tournament hospitality rooms, shuttle kids to tournaments, and donate time to judge at local qualifiers. My hope is that you will give your wonderful support to the new coach next year. I have made my recommendation to Ms. Ameka Hunt (she will be the principal at PHS next year) to hire an individual with the experience and skill to continue our legacy of state and national competitive success. Mr. Matthew Vogel (currently at Pflugerville Middle School) has been volunteering this past year for the PHS Team and has been learning our dynamics and routines. He has the experience both as a National competitor and as a speech coach himself and would be a perfect fit to make this transition as easy as possible. Ms. Hunt has the tough decision on how to fill this position and any input as to what you, as stakeholders, feel would be best for the program should be directed to her so she knows what you want for the team. Thank you so much for the privilege of working with you all for as long as I have been able to do so and I am grateful for all you have given me.