Lincoln Charter School announced several changes to its coaching staff on Thursday.
Daniel Schmitz, who has coached baseball, basketball, golf, tennis and soccer at Lincoln Charter has been promoted to athletic director. Former athletic director Jonathan Bryant was moved to a position as assistant chief administrator, Mike Harshorne was promoted to varsity baseball coach and Lincoln Charter hired Taylor McGee, a Campbell University and Charlotte’s Northside Christian graduate, to the position of head softball coach.
Schmitz worked for the previous two years as assistant athletic director, and said he planned to maintain a close working relationship with Bryant and Lincoln Charter principal Dave Machado in an effort ton continue the school’s successful athletic programs.
“We try to work together as much as possible,” Schmitz said. “I’m going to use their wisdom as much as possible. Bryant has emphasized community and service, and we’ve utilized sports to help kids serve their community. Those are the kinds of things I’ll definitely work with him on.”
Schmitz said he was looking forward to expanding Lincoln Charter’s athletic programs and growing its coaching staff.
“Our programs have grown by leaps and bounds just since I’ve been here,” he said. “We have the personnel to create strong programs for the county and the state, and I think enabling them to run with their programs is what I want to do. It’s almost like fine-tuning a machine that’s already working extremely well, but making the individual parts better.”
Hartshorne moved to North Carolina in 2008 from New York, when he became the varsity baseball coach at Pine Lake Preparatory School, one of Lincoln Charter’s rivals. He was hired at Lincoln Charter Elementary School as an assistant principal in 2011, and was an assistant coach for the high school’s varsity baseball team during the 2012 spring season.
McGee was hired as a physical education teacher in addition to her duties as varsity softball coach. She was a four-year starter for Campbell University’s softball team, and was a member of the All-Academic team all four years, made the All-Freshman team and was on the All-District academic and NCCSIA first team I n2012. She holds the career home run record at Campbell and ranks among the top 10 in Campbell history in several statistical categories.