Cedar Park High School has named Michael Bardgett as its new track and cross-country coach. Bardgett has been the assistant girls track and cross-country coach at Highland Park HS in Dallas.
In its most recent past, Cedar Park, one of the top distance programs in the state, has had a rocky year. In the fall, long-time coach Timo Sheard was placed on administrative leave after being charged and arrested on three counts of indecency with a child by sexual count. Then, in March, Jody Hawkins was hired to replace Sheard. But as we reported a couple weeks ago, Hawkins resigned the position before she even took over the program, citing health concerns.
Bardgett is originally from San Antonio where he ran track and cross-country at East Central HS. After graduating from Austin College in Sherman, he began his coaching career at Texoma Christian School in Sherman.
After three years at Texoma, Bardgett left coaching to get his masters in international development with a focus on using sports to encourage development in Southern and East Africa.
Later, Bardgett returned to coaching and teaching at Melissa HS in Melissa where he started a track and cross-country program. While at Melissa, his girls teams made three straight trips to the StateCross-Country Meet in the AA class.
“I am very excited to take over the running program at Cedar Park High School,” said Bardgett. “It is a dream come true, really, to return to the Hill Country where my family has lived for generations. I consider Central Texas to be my home and I couldn’t be happier to be able to pursue my passions of coaching some of the best runners in the state in a beautiful location at a successful school like Cedar Park. I can’t wait to meet the kids, introduce myself to the community, grow the program, and hopefully continue the successful traditions established at Cedar Park High School.”