Ms. Middlebrook Retires as Girls Cross Country Coach

   At the beginning of the spring semester, Ms. Middlebrook announced that she would be retiring as head coach of Aliso Niguel’s Girls Cross Country team. She has coached the team and taught government at the high school for the past 25 years, and will continue teaching for as long as she wishes. 

  Coach Middlebrook has decided to step down as she feels that, “it was time to start a new chapter in [her] life.” Over her many years of coaching, she has had many wonderful runners and looks back on her time coaching with fondness. She said that one of her proudest moments was in 2019 when the team placed 4th at OC Champs, a meet to, “establish a team county champion, the “All Country” individual teams,” according to the event website. She also had a runner, Danika Wyson, win OC Champs in 2007. 

  Her favorite part about coaching the team has been her relationships that she has been able to form with the girls, and that coaching at Aliso Niguel was her favorite thing she has ever done. She plans to use her extra time pursuing other athletic activities including hiking, biking, and running. She leaves the team with a league title under their belt and a lot of potential under a new coach.