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Nevada Union’s Cartan steps down as athletic director

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Mike Cartan, who has been the athletic director for the past three and a half years at Nevada Union High School, tendered his resignation to the post earlier this week.

In a written statement, Cartan expressed in broad terms the myriad of reasons that led to his decision to step down and focus more on his role as a teacher of honors English classes at Nevada Union High School.

“… My reasons for resigning range from the philosophical to the most tangible of concerns,” Cartan said in the statement. “Certainly the reassignment of principal Marilynn Keeble and so many of the Nevada Union administrative staff has played a critical part in my decision. Those are my trusted colleagues, terrific educators and good friends. Most importantly, I desire to again return to the classroom full time. This is the area which I most revere in this educational process.”

Cartan played a large role in the negotiations that led to the two-step transformation of Nevada Union’s athletic programs switching conferences from the Capital Athletic League to the new Metro League, in which all NU programs will compete next school year.

The school negotiated a split for the past two seasons between Miner teams playing in the CAL and those already playing in the Metro League.

“Those were long, hard battles,” Cartan said. “I think we came to two different settlements that were really in the best interests of our community and our students.”

Cartan said he put his heart into the job and liked the experience tremendously, but that there was always a nagging part of him that pondered why he originally went into education. That road, according to Cartan, always led him back to the classroom.

“The job has been part administration, part mediation, part being creative and part being a good listener and a good learner – a microcosm of the educational process and really a little city unto itself,” Cartan said.

“I’m proud of the coaches and what they did with the kids each and every day, and I am proud of what we have done as part of an administrative team.”

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