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HCS Names HMS Principal & Athletic Director

Homewood City Schools is pleased to announce Mindy McBride as the principal of Homewood Middle School and Rick Baguley as the athletic director of Homewood High School. Both McBride and Baguley have dedicated their careers to educating and caring for Homewood's students and families, making significant impacts within the community.

 

Starting July 1, Homewood Middle School will welcome back Mindy McBride as the school’s principal. For the past five years, McBride has served as an assistant principal for instruction (API) in the Homewood School System. 

 

With 20 years of experience in education, she has served as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She began her career at Homewood High School where she distinguished herself as an educator who could teach a range of subjects including science, social studies, and advanced placement courses. Her dedication to her craft was recognized when she was named the school's Teacher Impact Winner. McBride also played an instrumental role in mentoring new teachers and contributing to strategic planning initiatives.

Beyond the classroom, McBride's leadership also extended to the fields, where she coached club soccer and led the HHS girls varsity soccer team to their first state championship. Her coaching leadership earned her recognition as a top-four finalist for the US Youth Soccer National Coach of the Year and Alabama Soccer Association’s Girls Competitive State Soccer Coach of the Year.

In 2019, McBride transitioned into school administration, assuming the role of API at Homewood Middle School where she played a key role in overseeing curriculum development, professional development planning, and providing support for new teachers. McBride is currently serving as the API at Homewood High, a position she has held for the last three years.

HCS Superintendent Dr. Justin Hefner recognized Mrs. McBride’s passion for education and the Homewood community. “It is clear that Mrs. McBride loves our students, staff, and this community. Her strong leadership combined with her passion for empowering students will serve Homewood Middle School well.”

McBride holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree in secondary education from the University of Montevallo. She furthered her education by earning her instructional leadership certificate from Samford University.

“It is a true honor and privilege to serve this community and our schools,” McBride said. “Homewood is an integral part of my life and holds a special place in my heart.  This is where I started my career and raised my family, and I feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community. I am so excited to work alongside the amazing teachers, staff, and families of HMS to support, empower, and cheer on our students together.”

McBride will succeed Dr. Danny Steele who is retiring as the middle school’s principal with 31 years of experience in education and administration.

 

Homewood High School is proud to announce Rick Baguley as the new athletic director. With an extensive background in education, coaching, and athletic leadership, he brings a wealth of experience and commitment to fostering excellence both on and off the field.

 

Coach Baguley has been an integral part of HHS for over two decades, serving as a teacher, coach, and assistant athletic director. His coaching tenure includes significant roles such as assistant boys varsity basketball coach, head boys junior varsity basketball coach, head boys golf coach, head boys and girls track coach, and assistant football coach. Coach Baguley has helped guide the Patriots to numerous state playoff appearances in multiple sports, including the boys basketball State Championship in 2016, as well as helping secure state runner-up titles for the boys track team and boys golf teams in 2003, 2017, and 2018 respectively. 

 

During his time as assistant athletic director, Coach Baguley has spearheaded various initiatives. He played a pivotal role alongside Carol Chesnutt in establishing Patriot Peer Connections, offering mentorships to all 9th grade athletes and orchestrating National Signing Days for all athletes and families. Additionally, he played an integral role in the productions seen on the video board during football and soccer games at Waldrop Stadium, as he led students from the sports media and production class to produce video content, music, and camera work to spotlight student-athletes and enhance the fans' experience at Waldrop stadium.

Dr. Joel Henneke, HHS Principal, commends Coach Baguley for his dedication to creating meaningful experiences for Homewood’s student-athletes. "His passion for sports, education, and community engagement will be the driving force behind his efforts to empower our student-athletes to excel both on and off the field," said Dr. Henneke.

Coach Baguley, who is a proud graduate of HHS, earned his bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his master's degree in education administration from the University of Montevallo.

"I have always been proud to be from Homewood," Baguley expressed. "As a Homewood alumnus and former athlete, it is a true honor to work with our coaches, students, and community. I am so excited to serve our community in a new capacity.  I look forward to collaborating with our athletic department to continue developing, challenging, and maximizing the talents of our student-athletes on the field, court, classrooms, and ultimately, in life."

 

Coach Baguley will take on his new position as athletic director on June 1. He will succeed Doug Gann, who will retire on May 31 after 33 years of experience in education, coaching, and athletic leadership.

Please join us in welcoming Mindy McBride and Rick Baguley to their new roles in Homewood City Schools. We look forward to their continued leadership and contributions to the success of the Homewood community.