La Quinta high school thanks longtime football coach Dan Armstrong for service

La Quinta High School Principal Rudy Wilson, Ed.D., his staff, and students wish to thank Dan Armstrong for his 23 years as a leader in the school’s sports programs as athletic director and football coach.

Coach Armstrong’s retirement at the end of the 2016-2017 school year was met with understanding and the sharing of best wishes for a man who had decided to move from the day-to-day athletic department responsibilities and demands of coaching. It was also met with nostalgia as players, both current and former, remembered the many championships that the Blackhawks brought home under the coaching of Dan Armstrong.

Following the June 2017 announcement of Armstrong’s retirement, a search took place for a new head football coach. When a suitable replacement was not found, Armstrong agreed to serve as a walk-on coach for the 2017-2018 season, once again leading the LQHS football team to the playoffs. This service will always be remembered and appreciated. At the end of this, the 2017-2018 football season, a search for a permanent replacement was begun. Dan Armstrong’s leadership, both on and off the field, will remain legendary at both La Quinta High School and Desert Sands Unified School District. The retired athletic director and celebrated coach and the new LQHS principal have different visions for the administration of the football program into the future.

“Coach Armstrong’s willingness to step in during the past season will be another of his legacies,” said La Quinta High School Principal Rudy Wilson, Ed.D. “He leaves behind a strong tradition of not just victories but the belief that athletes are students first and athletes second, and that sportsmanship is the ultimate win,” Wilson said, “and I look forward to standing on the LQHS sidelines with him to cheer on the next generation of Blackhawks.” 

For additional information contact Public Information Officer Mary E. B. Perry, Desert Sands Unified School District at 760-771-8502 or



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