MIKE NIETO: What is Crete-Monee's next move?

2013-05-30T18:00:00Z 2014-08-13T20:35:15Z MIKE NIETO: What is Crete-Monee's next move?Mike Nieto Prep Beat nwitimes.com
May 30, 2013 6:00 pm  • 

So who will be Crete-Monee's next athletic director?

Despite pleas and support from the community, current athletic director Gene Cahan will return to the classroom as a math teacher and will remain baseball coach.

If it is someone from outside the district, I hope the community gives him or her support and I hope he or she embraces the community because the two need to work hand-in-hand like Cahan did.

I am sure there are some very good candidates -- both in and out of house. This is a good job in a school that has been very successful on the athletic fields the last few years and has good coaches at all levels. The communities that feed into the school district are good as well as the academics at a fairly new state-of-the-art high school.

Superintendent Dr. John M. Rodgers said over 30 candidates applied and interviews are supposed to start with four or five candidates on Tuesday. He said the board would like name a new athletic director at its June 17 meeting.

You also have to remember that the same board who hired you can do to you what they did to Cahan. If you have a few board members against you, it is a lot easier for them to persuade enough for a majority to oust you than it is for the ones on your side to bring the enemies to your side. Politics is a big part of any job, especially a high profile one like the athletic director.

The apple cart is running smoothly for the most part and there is no need to upset it. You have some coaches who are not teachers in the district, but are successful and respected. There is no need to try and make changes for the sake of making changes. That is why the district is looking for a new athletic director.

Cahan did a great job. He hired Jerry Verde as football coach and all he did was turn the Warriors into a state power, culminating with a Class 6A title in November. He took over at Marian and Cahan wasted no time in getting offensive coordinator John Konecki to move up. Student-athletes no longer look to go elsewhere for high school and families move into the district not only because of a quality education, but they know their children will have the opportunity to compete at a high level. A lot of that was Cahan's leadership and his coaches.

Crete-Monee must hire the right person for the job because I believe its athletic programs will continue to grow with the right leadership. The administration knows the value of having good sports, but not at the cost of academics. This is not the sleepy, rural school that it once was. Crete-Monee is a suburban power. The girls track program has won numerous conference titles in the old SICA South and now the Southland Athletic Conference.

Success is no accident and good leadership at the top is important to the continued success.





This column is solely the writer's opinion. Reach him at mike.nieto@nwi.com.

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