GONZALES — Gonzales High School Athletic Director Margie Daniels was honored with a plaque for Excellence in Coaching last Wednesday night at the annual coaches meeting that took place in the school cafeteria.
While Daniels had organized the event to prepare her fellow coaches for the upcoming season, the Aug. 11 meeting concluded with the surprise presentation and a standing ovation.
Daniels was selected to serve as acting athletic director by her peers, and with her hard work, the Spartans put together a spring sports season that included boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, boys and girls tennis, and track and field.
Gonzales also fielded a cross country program and a wrestling program last spring, though the runners participated in one meet and the wrestlers were limited to conditioning because of Covid-19.
“I was nervous about taking on the new role in such a unique and challenging time, but knowing the coaches and athletes would get a chance to do what they love motivated me to work hard,” Daniels said. “I did this without expecting anything in return, but having this award given to me is greatly appreciated. I’m so humbled and grateful.”
At Gonzales, Daniels has been the head coach for the cross country and track and field teams, has previously served as co-athletic director, and has been a physical education teacher since 2014.