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Curtis steps down as El Dorado’s girls basketball coach

by Tony Burns | June 8, 2023 at 12:00 a.m.
Ashlee Curtis has stepped down as head girls basketball coach at El Dorado. (News-Times file)

El Dorado girls basketball coach Ashlee Curtis was announced as the new assistant principal at the high school on Monday.

On Tuesday, she took the basketball team to a team camp at SAU Tech.

Curtis said she will work with the basketball team until a new coach is hired. But, she is looking forward to her new role in administration.

“I’m excited. I originally got into education to make a difference. I’m a firm believer in I can’t complain about something if I’m not willing to be apart of the change,” Curtis said. 

“I saw a need in the education system for somebody like me for the kids that we have. I’ve always said I’m going to get into administration. I had no idea that it would be this soon. 

“I’ve worked hard for it. I’m blessed to be able to work for a district who believes in me the way I believe in it.”

El Dorado athletic director Phillip Lansdell said Curtis would remain in her coaching capacity until her current contract expired. 

The search for her replacement, he said Tuesday, had just gotten underway.

Curtis said the Lady Wildcats have seven camps scheduled for this summer. 

She will stay with the team, she said, “Until we fill the void. We’re on our first one. We go to SAU on Friday. And then the next week we have our kids camp at El Dorado. 

“By the way, people can register at the door. But, I’ll be here until we find somebody.”

Curtis led the Lady Wildcats to back-to-back 5A State Tournaments in her two years as head coach.

“Thank you to the fans. Thank you to our school district and our administration,” she said. 

“Most importantly, thank you to my babies for pushing me to be the best me I can possibly be.”


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