3/16/2018 1:19:00 PM Lang leaving post as Chisago Lakes
Activities Director after just one year
Chisago Lakes will be looking for another Activities Director after this school year ends as Hayley Lang’s resignation was accepted just over one year from when she was hired.
Lang’s resignation ends what has been a tough year for the department. Some coaches were at the end of their teaching career and decided to retire from their coaching positions; including Ken Orwoll, who’s been the coach of both cross country teams and the boys track and field team for years.
Mark Leigh, the longtime coach of the boys soccer team, also decided to close a lengthy coaching stint, Todd Dufault, the boys basketball coach, recently announced his retirement after two years, and Brigitte Rogers left her post as the head coach of the volleyball team.
There was also a tumultuous midseason turnover on the boys hockey team, with Paul Gibson abruptly resigning halfway through the schedule with most of his coaching assistants also departing. The lone remaining coach was Cale Arhart, and he took the program over and was assisted by longtime girls hockey head coach Jason Mahlen.
The choices made by AD Lang seemed to work out, as the team played markedly better over the last few weeks of the season and into sections, nearly upsetting top seed Monticello in the semifinals.
Lang also oversaw the hiring of both new lacrosse coaches and she will be able to guide the department while the inaugural lacrosse seasons take place at Chisago Lakes this spring.
Leigh, who is also the Chisago Lakes school board chairman, said he was disappointed in the news when the resignation was announced at the school board meeting on Thursday, March 8. Lang wasn’t in attendance, as she was at a section championship game with the Chisago Lakes girls basketball team in Cambridge-Isanti.
The whole district was off on spring break this week, so Lang could not be reached for comment by deadline.