2018-05-24 / Sports

Johnston leaves big shoes to fill at Glen Lake

A northern Michigan sports powerhouse is in need of an athletic director.

Jen Johnston announced last week her resignation as Glen Lake athletic director after accepting a position as the northern Michigan sales representative for Best Supply Network (BSN) Sports. She had served as Glen Lake’s AD since 2014 — and brought much success to the district in the process.

“Jen Johnston has been an outstanding athletic director and role model for our students at Glen Lake,” said Glen Lake Superintendent Sander Scott. “Her emphasis on educational athletics, sportsmanship and competitive greatness will have a lasting impact on Glen Lake students.”

During her tenure, Johnston had an athlete or program state finalist each year, added four sports and won the Traverse City Record-Eagle’s 2017 sports “School of the Year.”

“Jen has been very instrumental in my growth as a coach”, said boys basketball coach Rich Ruelas, who like girls coach Jason Bradford, was tabbed as a 2018 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) Class C State Coach of the Year. “She is honest, caring, hard working and supportive. I’ll never forget how she helped make our trip to the Breslin (Center) such a remarkable experience for all involved. I will miss her presence in our building.”

Glen Lake will begin a search immediately to fill the vacancy at Glen Lake Community Schools.

On June 5, Superintendent Sander Scott will conduct an “input session” in the high school media center to gather input from students, parents and the community members about the qualities they would like to see in the next director of athletics at Glen Lake.

“I’m sorry to see Jen leave, but understand her decision and am happy for her and her family as they embark on this new adventure,” said Fran Seymour, the Glen Lake Board of Education president. “Jen has overseen the Athletic Department at Glen Lake that has enjoyed tremendous success, and it will be a challenge to find her replacement. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing her kids continue at Glen Lake, and to seeing Jen as a continued supporter of Glen Lake students and athletes.”

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