The Woodland Hills School District is excited to welcome Angela Franke as the district’s new Athletic Director. Ms. Franke was formally hired at the district’s July legislative school board meeting on Wednesday, July 21. She replaces Ronald Coursey, who left the district and is now the Athletic Director for the Chambersburg School District.
Ms. Franke comes to Woodland Hills from Skyline Gila River, a public charter school in Chandler, Arizona, where she was the Athletic Director and physical education teacher for the past school year. Prior to that, Ms. Franke enjoyed an extensive career as a head volleyball coach in the collegiate ranks, including stops at McCook Community College in Nebraska, St. Andrews University in North Carolina, Mississippi Valley State University, Loyola University New Orleans, the University of the Southwest in New Mexico, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, and Phoenix College.
While a coach, Ms. Franke also served in various administrative roles at the collegiate level, including serving as the compliance coordinator at Loyola University New Orleans and interim compliance coordinator at University of the Southwest. Ms. Franke graduated from Alcorn State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and earned her Masters of Science from Alcorn State in Guidance Education.
“I’d just like to thank the board for this opportunity,” Ms. Franke said in a brief comment at Wednesday’s board meeting. “I’m looking forward to working with all of you.”
The Woodland Hills athletic department supports over 30 varsity, junior varsity, and club athletic sports programs. The fall sports season in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League begins Monday, August 9 with the heat acclimatization period for football teams and on Monday, August 16 with official practices for all fall sports.