From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Hewitt-Trussville High School has named its next cross country coach.
Matthew Michalke was introduced as longtime Huskies coach David Dobbs’ replacement on Monday at the Trussville City Schools board meeting. According to the school’s athletics department, Michalke has been teaching and coaching at Hewitt-Trussville Middle School since 2010.
He is expected to be in place in time for the Huskies’ 2021 cross country season, which will begin next fall.
While coaching both distance running and track and field at Hewitt Middle, Michalke led the boys cross country team to one Metro South Championship in 2016 and added top-three finishes in 2015, 2017 and 2018. The school also says he led the boys indoor track and field team to championships in 2017 and 2020.
“I am excited for coach Michalke to begin this new role with us,” said Trussville City School Athletics Director Lance Walker. “He has done an outstanding job for over a decade leading our middle school program. He has certainly earned this opportunity. He deserves a lot of credit for getting students involved in cross country and track and field. His work in that area has helped our varsity program tremendously over the years. I am excited to work with him as we build on the rich tradition of Hewitt-Trussville Cross Country.”
In November, the Hewitt-Trussville girls placed third in Class 7A at the AHSAA State Cross Country Championships, while the boys finished in fourth.