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Thank You, Cambridge!

Thank You, Cambridge!

Cambridge Bear Family,

I hope this message finds you well and that you are enjoying summer thus far. I know how eager many of you are to get back on the field, court or simply into the stands to cheer on our teams this upcoming 2016-2017 season. As previous summers have proven, the new school year and sports season will be here before we know it. 

The nature of my message to all of you is to make you aware of some changes that have taken place with our athletic department and to highlight some important items moving forward. As you all will agree, family is everything. That being said, my wife and I reflected and prayed and collectively made the decision to test the job market in the Charleston, SC area this past spring in an effort to be closer to our family. I am blessed to say that I accepted a full-time position in a directly related field in the low country area a few weeks ago and will begin the next chapter of my professional career this July. We have successfully moved and are settling into our new home nicely. 

As enthusiastic as I am for this new and exciting challenge that awaits me professionally, it is bittersweet as I leave behind my Cambridge Bear family. I have had a lot of time recently to reflect on the past four years and the moments that I will forever cherish as the first Athletic Director at Cambridge High School. I vividly remember the informal interviews with our head coaches over meals at local restaurants prior to our opening in 2012. I recall the all too often difficult defeats in our first year playing a full varsity region schedule. I have also thought about those very same losses as we have hoisted region and state championship trophies over our heads in more recent times and how those losses have helped us all to grow to become even better winners today. However, despite over 20 region championships, 3 state runner-up trophies, 4 state championships and our 2nd consecutive year ranked as the #2 AAAAA high school athletic department in the state of Georgia, there is one thing that I recall above all else. I recall the people that I have had the privilege to work for, with, and beside for the past four years. In our business, we constantly remind student-athletes that wins and losses will fade, but our memories and overall experience will remain forever. I can confidently say that my experience for the past four years at Cambridge High School as Athletic Director has been four years that has forever shaped my life. It has had a direct and overwhelming impact on the person that I have become and the person that I aspire to be. 

I would be remissed without properly thanking some influential people that have made all things possible for me professionally. First and foremost, thank you Dr. Spurka for your leadership, confidence, and support over the past four years. I appreciate your leap of faith in allowing me to execute my vision for Cambridge Bears Athletics from day one.  You inspire me to grow professionally each day. Thank you to our Athletic Secretary Ms. Carole Williams. I have learned from you each day not just about the logistics and inner-workings of running a school but about living life with poise, integrity, and a contagious spirit. Thank you to the Cambridge Athletic Association and its board members of past and present. I have been so extremely privileged to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in our community, and I have learned from each of you over the years. Your tireless support and investment in the Cambridge Athletic Department is moving. Thank you to my loyal companions, our assistant athletic directors, who have everything to do with the first-class athletic department we have built here at Cambridge. Thank you Dr. Steven Craft, our county athletic director, for you mentorship and encouragement. Thank you to our amazing community. I have said time and time again that you make us look good. We simply could not do it without you. Your support is a direct correlation of our success. And thank you to my wife. You have seen me through the various ups and downs; you have been my sounding board; and you have been my biggest supporter since day one. And last but certainly not least, thank you coaches. I have viewed my role as Athletic Director as a position of service to help you and your student-athletes to be as successful as they can be both on the playing field and in the classroom. I have greatly enjoyed standing by your side both in victory and defeat, and I will forever be your biggest fan. 

I’m sure that many of you will want to know what’s next. I am proud to pass the torch to the experienced and knowledgeable hands of Coach Chris Bennett, who will take over all Athletic Director responsibilities. Ms. Carole Williams, our Athletic Secretary, and our Assistant Athletic Director’s Coach Lesley Broadwell and Coach T. Wayne Smith will also continue to handle their daily responsibilities. One thing is for certain: Cambridge High School possesses some of the most invested and hardworking coaches in the state of Georgia, and I look forward to watching this athletic department continue to flourish as it dives into a new region for 2016-2017. There is no doubt that Cambridge Athletics is in good hands, and that the sky is truly the limit. 

Lastly, I look forward to staying in touch with all of you, and I wish you all nothing but the best and continued success in all of your future endeavors. Thank you to everyone for everything you’ve given me over the past four years. I can only hope that I returned but part of the favor along the way. It’s been an absolute pleasure, Cambridge. 

Thank you again for everything. And as always, Go Bears!

Forever a Cambridge Bear,

Matt Lawless

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