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Posted on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 : 5:49 p.m.

Football coach Chris Westfall to be next athletic director of Lincoln High School

By Danielle Arndt


Lincoln head football coach Chris Westfall celebrates with the rest of his coaching staff in 2011, as Lincoln beat Ypsilanti to advance the Splitters to their first ever playoff birth.

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For Lincoln football coach Chris Westfall, becoming an athletic director has always been his dream job.

At Monday’s Lincoln school board meeting, trustees are expected to approve making that dream a reality.

Westfall has served since August as the interim AD at Lincoln High School, after former AD Eve Claar left to become the athletic director for Ann Arbor Pioneer High School.

Lincoln Superintendent Ellen Bonter will recommend to the board that Westfall be permanently hired to the position. Claar, who had been with Lincoln schools for about five years, made a total of about $86,000 during the 2011-12 academic year, Bonter said.

The salary offered to Westfall was not immediately available on Monday.

Westfall began his professional career in corporate America, he told in a previous article. He recently obtained a teaching degree and has been working at Lincoln schools as a substitute teacher as often as he can.

He said his plan was to teach for a while, but “(Athletic director) has always been the ideal job.”

Download the complete agenda and board packet for Monday’s meeting here. The Board of Education meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Brick Elementary Community Center, 8970 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti Township.

Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at


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Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 4:42 a.m.

congratulations were flying around on facebook LAST week... congratulations chris! is he going to remain head coach too? i think he should.

Pete Cunningham

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

Chris said in the past that he would remain head coach. I will be following up to see if that is still the case now that he is the permanent AD. No one loves Lincoln High School quite like Chris Westfall.

Terry Star21

Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 2:55 a.m.

Congratulation Chris. They have the right person.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 2:01 a.m.

So happy to have Chris as our Athletic Director!! He has made such an impact on our school, from the Football program to all the other athletic events at Lincoln!!! Can't wait to see what else he has in store for Splitter Nation :) Glad to have you as a permanent figure at Lincoln :)


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 : 12:10 a.m.

Good for Chris! He coached my kids at Pioneer for their football careers and they learned much from him.