DiStefano leaves LaRue to become guidance counselor at Metcalfe County

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Softball team has 108-87 under coach

By Ron Benningfield

After 15 years teaching and coaching at LaRue County, Mielle DiStefano has accepted a guidance counselor’s position at Summer Shade Elementary School in Metcalfe County.

“I felt it was time to do something different, and I’m excited about the opportunity,” said DiStefano, who during her tenure at LaRue served as assistant basketball coach (two years) and high school volleyball coach (five years). 

In 15 seasons as softball coach, the last six as head coach, her Lady Hawks captured a Fifth Region crown and two 18th District tourney titles while recording 108 wins against 87 losses.

“Coach D” started her career at LaRue County Middle School, teaching English and social studies. After nine years there, she moved to the high school where she taught English, social studies, psychology and sociology.

She also served four years, including two as chairperson, on the high school’s site based decision making council and was on the principal selection committee that chose current principal Paul Mullins.

“I can’t say enough about the great things Mr. Mullins has done at the school,” said DiStefano. “I’m thankful to him for his support.”

Her teaching and coaching experiences probably affected her decision to earn her Rank I, which she completed this May, in guidance counseling.

“I found myself regularly giving advice to kids who would come to me, in class and as a coach, and I think that influenced me,” she said. “One of the proudest memories I have is when the students in our psychology class collected clothes, suitcases and other needed items for foster kids.”

At her new assignment at the K-5 elementary school that in 2006 won Blue Ribbon status for its academic accomplishments, she will also serve as student administrative manager and will assist the school’s family resource center coordinator.

“I already feel at home there, especially with the principal, Michelle Williams, who lives in Magnolia,” she said. 

DiStefano’s brother Peter, a former teacher, softball and basketball coach at LaRue, is also at Metcalfe County, serving as assistant principal at the high school as well as softball and girls’ basketball coach.

Though she’s leaving LaRue, DiStefano said she will not forget those athletes she has coached. She also says she has been given the green light to coach if the opportunity comes available and if the time is right.

“The coaching door is always open and I’ll wait and see on that,” she said. “I love that too much to get out of it.”

She begins her new duties the last week in July.