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Cougar athletic director stepping down
Sometimes the proverbial plate just gets a little too full.
Central Kitsaps Mark Ward is finding that out.
Thats why the schools athletic director, track coach and teacher has decided to take off one of his many hats athletic director.
Ward, who has been the AD at Central Kitsap for the past two years, said with his time split between family, teaching, coaching and taking care of administrative athletic duties, something had to give. Unfortunately, Ward felt it was his teaching that had taken the brunt of the timeshare load.
You look at the schedule here with teaching and being athletic director, then throw coaching in as well, something suffers, Ward said. Unfortunately, it was the teaching part. When you go home not feeling good about your job, things need to change.
The decision was a fairly simple one, Ward said, since he knew he would have no problem allotting time for family and did not want to cease coaching or teaching.
Its exciting, he said. Ive been keeping my eye on the master teaching schedule board to see what Ill be teaching. Since Ive only been AD for two years, it shouldnt be that big a deal. Itll be nice to use summer to rejuice the batteries.
Teaching just three hours a day, Ward said he didnt like the feeling of seeing so many faces he didnt know the names to in CKs halls. Hes looking forward to reestablishing a strong connection with his students.
One obviously is being a better teacher, he said. Im looking forward to getting to know more kids.
Ward, whose father was Olympia High Schools athletic director for 16 years, said it was a good opportunity for him to experience high school athletics at the administrative level firsthand.
Because of the situation I was in growing up, I think I knew a little more about it than the average bear, the average AD, Ward said. At the same time, there are things you dont know until you sit in that chair.
Making the transition easier for Ward will be the fact hell still be at the school.
Its been a pleasure for two years working with our administration an coaching staff, Ward said. The nice thing is, Im not leaving.
The school will begin the search for a new athletic director from within the building, Ward said. If no one is interested, it will then be open to outside applicants.