June 17th, 2019

nathan smith press release 1Nathan Smith and his family will be moving to Liberal from Garden City when Smith assumes the role of Liberal High School Athletic Director in July. Courtesy photoSpecial to the Leader & Times

Nathan Smith has been named the Liberal High School Athletic Director effective July 1. 

Smith comes to Liberal from Garden City High School where he worked as an assistant in the athletic office and testing coordinator. Smith has previous experience as an athletic director along with 13 years of coaching football, wrestling and track. 

He completed his master in Educational Administration from Kansas State University in the spring of 2018. Smith has a K-12 Physical Education degree and a Human Health and Performance degree with an emphasis in Recreation and Sports Management both from Fort Hays State University. 

Smith and his wife Chrissy (Headrick) Smith have two children, Trinity (9), Bladen (4), and are expecting another daughter in April.

“I’d like to thank the USD 480 school board, Mrs. Hickert, and Mrs. Kappelmann for the amazing opportunity to lead the athletic/activity programs at Liberal High School,” Smith said. “My family and I are excited about the opportunity that we have been blessed with and look forward to getting to know the community.”

“Nathan comes to us with a wealth of experience, knowledge, and ideas,” LHS Principal Ashley Kappelmann said. “He understands the importance that athletics and activities play in both the development of our students and the enrichment of our community. I am confident that Nathan will be fully invested in Liberal High School and the Liberal community.”

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