The workload recently got a little lighter for athletic director Jeff Dixon when he hired his assistant athletic director last week.

Melinda Malone will be the new assistant athletic director this year, leaving her position as track coach at Crowley High School.

“I am excited at the thought of this being a brand new position,” Malone said. “I want to bring a strong, female role model to the school.”

Dixon said Malone was the person he wanted for the job since the beginning of the search.

“I have been here for two and a half years,” Dixon said. “I have watched her coach track meets. She coaches hard, which is what our girls program needs. She will be a real shot in the arm to the program.”

Malone will be asked to directly oversee the girls’ junior high and high school sports and be the head boys and girls track coach at the high school.

“We will see what grit I am made of,” Malone said. “I have had several wonderful experiences before this. I was at Granbury for four years where I worked with great coaches and had many wonderful chances to work with people who have had wonderful careers.”

Dixon said Malone has had a lot of chances to show what she has got from the coaching standpoint.

“In her 14 years at Crowley, she has had several state qualifiers in track,” Dixon said. “In 2006, one of her high jumpers went to state, her mile relay team went to state and in 1999 and 2003 her team finished second in state. All the girls’ programs over there are solid and last year she was named the girls’ assistant coach of the year for Texas.”

On the classroom side of things, Malone will be teaching physical education, where she also has had a lot of experience.

“I have taught PE for 14 years,” Malone said. “I have also taught life management.”

Malone has a lot of things she wants to get accomplished in her new role.

“I want to get more involved in their girls’ program and build their track program,” Malone said. “I want to give coach Dixon all the help he needs and meet his and the principals’ expectations, to build an off-season program and a weight training program, especially on the girls’ side of things.”

Dixon said Malone will begin working with him this week to fill a couple vacant coaching positions and will officially start at the Aug. 2 staff meeting.