2018-07-12 / Sports

Mattson returns to G-L

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff

Familiar place, familiar face.

Mark Mattson is returning to Glen Lake Community Schools to be the new Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.

“It’s surreal and very exciting to be back at Glen Lake,” Mattson said. “I came back to the school on Monday to look around and it brought back some good memories.”

Mattson is taking over for Jennifer Johnston, who accepted 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.

“We were really fortunate to have Jennifer Johnston four years ago,” Glen Lake baseball coach Kris Herman said. “We’re really fortunate to have Mark back here now.”

Mattson will begin his second tenure at Glen Lake on Monday.

Mattson served as Glen Lake’s athletic director from 2009 through 2014. He then moved to Traverse City Central high school, where he served as athletic director and assistant principal for the past four years.

“Mark has honed his skills away from Glen Lake,” Secondary Principal Brian Hartigan said. “He knows the area well, and has all the tools to do the best job for us.”

Mattson was named was the Upper Peninsula Athletic Director of the Year in 2006, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s Region 1 Athletic Director of the Year in 2008 and the Region 2 Athletic Director of the Year in 2018.

“Mark brings an incredible amount of experience back to Glen Lake, and already has an in depth knowledge of the inner workings of our athletic department,” Hartigan said in a press release. “He is a proven leader who is beloved by coworkers, students and coaches.”

Glen Lake enjoyed historic success this year, as the football team advanced to the state playoffs.

Both the boys and girls basketball teams played in the State Final Four, and the baseball team won their District championship game.

“Most of the staff and older students at Glen Lake are very familiar with Mark, and it’s safe to say that we’re all very happy to see our old friend back here again,” Herman said. “He has a great resume, did a fantastic job before, and he’ll do a fantastic job again.”

Mattson is honored to be back at Glen Lake.

“Rarely does one have an opportunity to return to a district like this,” Mattson said in a press release. “While it is difficult to leave Traverse City Central, it is also an opportunity to go back to Glen Lake and take on what are sure to be new and exciting challenges.”

Mattson had said he would return to Glen Lake Community Schools if the time was right. That time, is now.

“I’m very thankful the community at Traverse City Central was very supportive of me,” he said. “Nothing has changed at Glen Lake, and the everyone has welcomed me back with open arms. They’ve always been there for me, and that’s why I always considered coming back here if the time would be right.”

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