Officials with the Lyle/Pacelli Athletic Cooperative announced in a letter to students and families this week that they have made the difficult decision to not participate in varsity level football for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.
Bill Smith, Athletic Director for Lyle/Pacelli, Kane Malo, Principal for Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin and Jamie Goebel, Lyle High School Principal/Superintendent stated in the letter that they have reviewed the enrollments and participation numbers of the two schools, and they stated that they felt that they would not have enough players to safely and competitively place a varsity-level team on the field. Lyle/Pacelli will continue to hold a junior varsity and junior high level teams with the hope and anticipation that those teams will develop into a varsity team for the fall of 2025.
The three went on to state in the letter that the decision was an extremely difficult one that will have far reaching consequences for older students. They went on to say that they understand the absolute heartbreak for older students who will no longer be able to participate in varsity football on Friday nights. The officials went on to ask those affected to please understand that the decision was not made lightly, and they apprecaite everyone’s understanding.
The Athletics finished 4-5 this past season.