by Gary Andrews
In a unanimous vote, the Manchester Community School Board approved the recommendation to hire Brooke Airgood as the varsity girls' basketball coach for next year. Ms. Airgood will be a physical education and health teacher at Manchester Junior-Senior High School, replacing her retiring mentor, Ms. Bobbi Lautzenheiser.
After moving to Arizona from North Manchester during high school, Ms. Airgood was a three-sport athlete and NJCAA All-American in track and field at Scottsdale Community College and a scholar athlete at New Mexico State University earning All Conference honors in the javelin.
For the past 12 years, she has been teaching and coaching in California serving as a physical education teacher and basketball coach. She has experience coaching at all levels, both boys and girls, and has coached volleyball and track and field as well as basketball. In 2004, she was elected to coach the All-Star game for Division 1, Southern Section California.
"We are excited to welcome Brooke Airgood back to Manchester as a teacher and coach," according to Nancy Alspaugh, MJSHS Principal. "She has outstanding qualifications to take over our girls' basketball program and is thrilled to have an opportunity to coach and teach in her Indiana hometown."