Mike Moffitt takes over as Lubbock-Cooper head volleyball coach

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Mike Moffitt announced Wednesday he will be the new head volleyball coach for the Lubbock-Cooper Lady Pirates. [Roy Wheeler/ Press Pass Sports]
After spending the last five seasons continuing the heralded Amarillo High Lady Sandies volleyball tradition, Mike Moffitt announced Wednesday morning that he is headed south to take over as the new head volleyball coach at Lubbock-Cooper High School.

Moffitt says it was a very difficult decision but, in the end, it was the best move for himself and his family.

“For my wife Erin and I, it’s a chance to go home,” Moffitt said. “We’re from Lubbock and both of are sets of parents are in Lubbock and we’ll be able to spend more time with them. That’s important as they get older. I also love the growth of the Lubbock-Cooper school district. They’ve added a new high school, a new middle school, and there is just more opportunity in the long term.”

Moffitt, who has been in the volleyball coaching world in some aspect since 1998, took over the AHS program in 2019. Over the five years at the helm all Moffitt did was carry on that Lady Sandie tradition proudly. Moffitt was 157-47 in five years with the Lady Sandies, amassed an incredible 48-2 district record and led AHS to four straight 3-5A championships and never missed the Region I-5A Tournament.

Mike Moffitt was 157-47 in five years as the Amarillo High head volleyball coach. [Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]
Moffitt’s teams boasted 38 straight league wins, were 14-5 in the postseason and had a total of 15 players sign to the college level.

“What gets me emotional about leaving was the call and text from former players at AHS on Wednesday,” Moffitt said. “It was building those relationships that make it hard for me to want to try something new. Getting those calls and texts show me what a great impact you can have on a young person. We were successful, we all had a great time and I’m going to miss that.”

While Moffitt will miss AHS, he’s excited to take the head chair of a Lady Pirates program that has been on the rise the past two seasons. LCP has eliminated the Lady Sandies the past two years in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals to make back-to-back Region I-5A Tournament appearances.

He’ll also take his youngest daughter Bird to be the latest addition to the Lady Pirates roster. Bird has been an outstanding libero the past two years for AHS.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the players at Lubbock-Cooper,” Moffitt said. “I start there very soon so I’m going to hit the ground running. They have been growing and getting better the past two years and I just can’t wait to keep the success going.”

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