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Two to coach LHS boys soccer

Platt, Makens will share head-coaching duties in 2003

August 9, 2003

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Lawrence High athletic director Ron Commons had his reasons -- albeit jokingly -- when he hired two coaches for the boys soccer position.

"It's such a big job," he quipped, "it takes two people to do it."

LHS announced Friday the hiring of David Platt and Matt Makens to be co-head coaches of the boys soccer team in 2003.

Both were assistants under Keith Nelson last year and are excited to work together.

"We get along great," Makens said. "I think it'll work out to be a pretty good deal."

Platt, a psychology and geography teacher at LHS, is already swamped with extracurricular activities, assisting with the boys basketball team and student council. Adding a head-coaching job would have been overwhelming.

So Makens, a meteorologist for KSNT-TV in Topeka, was added. Makens isn't a faculty member in the Lawrence school district, but he can coach under Kansas Rule 10 guidelines.

"I love the kids," Makens said. "Being the head coach is a challenge, but we'll have fun."

Makens and Platt don't have time to relax. Fall sport practices begin Aug. 18, and the Lions' first game is Aug. 29 at Manhattan.

The Lions were just 2-14-1 last season, but Makens' and Platt's familiarity with the team should make the transition easier.

"We were left in really good shape," Platt said. "We have a lot of young, talented players coming in."

Nelson resigned from both coaching positions after learning his teaching position at South Junior High wouldn't be renewed. Commons said LHS hadn't decided on a new girls soccer coach.

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