January 17, 2019

Lasseter named Region 5-AA Athletic Director of the Year

Pictured above are Shane and Nickie Lasseter with their two young sons, Major (L) and Max (R).

Pictured above are Shane and Nickie Lasseter with their two young sons, Major (L) and Max (R).

(Franklin) — Heard County High School Athletic Director Shane Lasseter was named by his peers last week as the Region 5-AA Athletic Director of the Year for his tireless efforts in leading the athletic programs at Heard High School.

Lasseter is a native and graduate of Heard County High School (Class of 2000), and he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia. He received his Masters and Specialist degrees from Liberty University.

Coach Lasseter has been teaching and coaching in the Heard County School System for 12 years. He has been the Athletic Director for three years and also coaches the defensive line for the football team. He also serves as the Special Education Department Chair.

Shane is married to the former Nickie Moon of Woodland, AL. and they now reside in Franklin. Nickie and Shane have two young boys, Max and Major. Max is an 8-year-old third grader at Heard Elementary and Major is a 5-year-old Pre-K student at HES.

Under Lasseter’s leadership over the past three years, several sports have excelled with teams winning region championships in football, baseball, and softball. The school also now owns state titles in softball (2014) and weightlifting (2013,2014).

The athletic program has also sent several players to college on scholarships during that period including Cali Harrod (FSU), Jake Edwards (UGA), and Levi Brown (Marshall) just to name a few.

According to head football coach Tim Barron, Lasseter’s effects on the program since taking over are immeasurable.

“Shane Lasseter has a vision and a plan to turn his vision into reality. His goals are simply to create an athletic program that is second to none in the West Georgia area,” says Barron.

Barron says that Lasseter’s hard work has helped take a lot of the load off of him and other coaches so that they can focus on managing their individual teams.

“On day one when Shane became our athletic director, he met with our staff with his expectation of the staff and what our expectation of the Athletic Director should be. His goal was to take away many of the daily tasks that coaches have to do so that we could focus more on the day-to-day coaching responsibilities,” Barron states.

“He now handles all eligibility, physicals, officials, travel and many other duties so that we can be our best at practice and games. There is no way I could put into words what all he has done to make our jobs easier. He is always working to improve our facilities and equipment. He understands the politics of athletics and is always bending someone’s ear to create positive change. He is in one word the epitome of an Athletic Director.”

Baron goes on to say that Lasseter’s bond with the coaches and players goes beyond that of just a professional relationship.

“Shane loves his coaches and they love him. I am sure there are some very good athletic directors in the state but it would be hard to find one more well-rounded and driven than Shane. Beyond being a professional, Shane loves the kids and loves this community. This is way more than a job for him. He is a man of character and he is a guy that we all look up to.  I honestly believe that Shane would be good at anything he put his mind to.”

Lasseter’s impact is not lost on former students and athletes either.

“He is one of the greatest men I know! He taught me a lot about life and always made me find strength in myself when I thought I had no more,” said Daulton Wiggins (Class of 2014) when he heard the announcement last week. “I enjoyed my four years with you as my position coach and I thank you Shane Lasseter for everything you’ve done for me.”

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