By BRAD KEITH
(June 20, 2016) — There’s a new leader of girls athletics in Lingleville, and Davin Schulz can’t wait to put his program building philosophy to work.
“Of those I interviewed he rose to the top real quick,” said Lingleville superintendent Curt Haley. “He came here with a lot of energy and excitement as well as an understanding of what it will take to build a program.”
Schulz will be head coach of the girls volleyball and basketball programs and also lead cross country. He will teach elementary physical education, Haley said.
Schulz spent the last seven years coaching at Walnut Springs, four years guiding boys teams and three years leading girls sports. A Caldwell native, Schultz earned his bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State and has a master’s from Lamar.
“It’s hard to leave Walnut Springs. They have a great group of kids there, so it was emotional,” Schulz says. “But Lingleville has a reputation for great community support. The fans and families seem to really care about academics and about what’s best for their kids, and I want to be a part of that. I’m a Christian and I believe God opened this door for me, so who am I to say no?”
Schulz is eager to get started, and is scheduled to be at Lingleville next week.
“As far as building goes, I believe you have to start at the bottom and build the right mentality and toughness,” Schulz said. “I think cross country is a great component of that for any sport, so I’m a big believer in that, and I believe you have to learn to compete and that the only way to do that is to incorporate competition into every day of practice.
“We have to remove the fear of failure,” he added. “We have to teach fearlessness and how to be competitive.”
Schulz and family reside in Dublin. His wife, Misti, is a junior high art teacher in Stephenville. They have two sons – Justus, 3, and Josiah, 2.
“This is a better opportunity for my family. I’ll be working 10 miles from home instead of 40, so I’m already saving time and money,” the new coach said. “That’s just a small part of why it’s a good move, but everything combined makes it an easy choice for me. I’m excited to get started and excited to be a part of Lingleville.”