KINGMAN - Being the cross country coach for Kingman High the past 16 years wasn't enough for Anne Bathauer. Last week, KHS athletic director Tim Casson announced Bathauer would take over the track and field teams for the Bulldogs as well.
"Anne comes to us very experienced in track and cross country," Casson said. "She's knowledgeable and great with the kids. She's a great choice, and I'm real glad she decided to pick up that responsibility."
Since Bathauer joined the staff at KHS when the new campus opened in 1993, she's spent 12 of those years as an assistant coach for track team. In that time, her absences were marked by the birth of her twin boys Michael and Mathew, and her daughter, Alexis. Bathauer weighed the decision to coach the track team for a couple of months. She wanted to be certain the new position wouldn't overly interfere with her family.
"We're a busy family," she said. "I had to ask them how they felt. My kids are happy because they like to come out. They're very sports oriented, and my husband and kids are very supportive."
One caveat of the job is that Alexis will be a freshman next year.
"This will let me be involved in her going through the track program," Bathauer said. "It's a good time to get back in it."
Because track and field offers many different disciplines, she believes the sport offers many opportunities. "Anybody can be active in track," she said. "I think getting kids involved in sports is important to our community and to the kids by getting them involved in a positive program."
Bathauer takes over the program from Bob York, who retired at the end of last season after 31 seasons. A constant for Bathauer will be having Rob York as an assistant. He's been the throwing coach the past two years, and when he was a Bulldog, Bathauer coached him.
Based on her results with the cross country teams, Casson thinks the decision was an easy one.
"She knows how to get the kids to perform for her," he said.