Former coach Quinn LeSage was named the new athletic director for Mount Baker High School, the school announced in a news release on Monday, June 1.
LeSage has spent the past seven years at Mount Baker as a Career and Technical Education teacher, as well as coaching basketball and baseball between the junior high and high school levels.
“I’m beyond excited to take on the role,” LeSage said in a phone interview. “It’s extremely exciting for me to continue in a different role in a passionate community that loves athletics.”
LeSage recently completed his administrative internship and when former Athletic Director Derek Forbes accepted a role as the Meridian High School principal, LeSage applied for the job.
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He’ll be responsible for staff evaluations, student supervision and discipline while working with other staff and community to “provide all students a strong foundation upon which they can build their futures as productive citizens,” the press release said, along with directing the junior high and high school athletic programs.
“First and foremost, as a new job, I’ve got a lot to learn,” LeSage said. “Not only about the position, but gathering as much info as possible, talking to coaches seeing where we’re at. It’s a collaborative effort working with coaches to put programs in position to be successful. Ultimately, it’s for the kids.”
LeSage will build upon his foundation of knowledge of the Mounties having spent the past seven years in the program, something that will undoubtedly help him going forward.
“Having built established relationships with students and having rapport with coaches will help,” LeSage said. “I understand some of the systems and processes that exist on game days, so hopefully it will be a smooth transition. I still have a lot to learn and am absorbing as much as possible.”
LeSage will officially begin his role on July 1 and will work with Forbes throughout June on “transition activities.”