Pehl named Coppell ISD Athletic Director


Lilly Gorman

On Monday, assistant athletics director Kit Pehl was named Coppell ISD Athletic Director at the Vonita White Administration Building at the CISD Board of Trustees meeting. Pehl replaces Joe McBride, who accepted the head football coach position at McKinney Boyd in January, will lead all CISD school’s athletic department.

Nicholas Pranske, Executive Sports Editor

Just more than a year ago – on March 8, 2018 – Coppell boys basketball coach Kit Pehl earned the position of assistant athletic director for Coppell ISD. At Monday night’s CISD school board meeting, he was named Athletic Director.

Most people do not face three job changes in less than two years, but Pehl is up for the challenge.

“It went really fast,” Pehl said. “It’s been a whirlwind process and I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Pehl replaces Joe McBride, who left CISD on Jan. 25 to accept the head football coach position at McKinney Boyd. Pehl coached the Coppell boys basketball team from 2012-2018 before moving into the assistant athletics director position full time after the 2017-18 season.

In a competitive district such as Coppell Pehl does not expect to make any major changes for the time being. However, Pehl said he will look for areas where the program can improve. Having been a coach for most of his career, Pehl will focus on the relationships between coaches and athletes.

“Coppell’s already in really good shape, Pehl said. “It’s not broken – we’re certainly not looking to fix things that aren’t broken, but I do think we can emphasize relationships a little better through vertical alignment.”

Pehl hopes to emphasize the strengthening of relationships between athletes and coaches from the elementary school level upward.

Pehl begins his job effective immediately and will prepare Coppell for the coming school year.