Summit girls basketball head coach Tammy Lusinger has resigned to accept the position of assistant athletic director at the Mansfield ISD office.
Lusinger, who helped guide the Lady Jaguars to state championships in 2009 and 2012, leaves the program after 13 years, the last eight as head coach. She served the first five years as the program’s assistant coach, dating back to the opening of the school.
Her record at Summit was 229-65 and 330-142 overall, which includes time spent at Dripping Springs, Richland and LaPorte before arriving at Summit.
The Lady Jaguars also collected four district championships and six regional appearances in addition to the two state titles.
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Due to the short lead-time on the announcement, Lusinger made it a point to oversee her final summer basketball camp.
“The job just came open in May and I wasn’t named officially to the job until last week,” Lusinger said. “I went to the camp in the mornings and into the (athletic) office in the afternoon. I’ll start full time this week.”
Lusinger said being at the camp which she knew would be the last for her hadn’t really hit her, she said.
“Maybe it will in August,” Lusinger said.
The opportunity as an assistant athletic director is the next step in her career goal aspirations.
“I’m so excited to get that opportunity at Mansfield ISD,” she said.
Lusinger said the district will post the head coaching job for the required 10 days and hopefully be able to name a successor before the end of next week.
Leaving a legacy at the school including the state championships is just one aspect of what Lusinger said she’ll miss about her coaching career at Summit.
“Those two years (2009 and 2012) were definitely highlights, but I’ll also miss the great relationships with the kids and parents,” Lusinger said. “The hardest part of the whole process was to tell the kids last week and having to explain how your career works and how you work hard to get a promotion.”
Another tough obstacle for Lusinger also awaits her in the Athletics Department offices.
“Last week I was wearing my Summit blue in the office and had someone say they hoped I had some colors of shirts other than blue,” she joked.
“I had a great 13 years at Summit,” she said, “and now I hope to make an impact on the whole district.”