The face of athletics at MPA changed this summer when the beloved Joe Kordosky retired as athletic director, 这是他自1989年以来一直担任的职位. 现在葡京线上赌博大全欢迎丹·哈斯, who offers both a commitment to the founding principles of MPA as well as a fresh perspective on 和 vision for the future.
Haase has held several roles at MPA since he was recruited here in 1999 by Kordosky. 他当过三年级的老师, 替代协调员, 教练, 体育老师, 和, 就像他亲切地称呼自己一样, Kordosky的得力助手. As athletic director at Central Lutheran, Haase got to know 和 respect Kordosky 和 MPA, 最初从远处. 他很高兴能成为员工.
Through a twist of fate in the form of a blind date, he met 和 then married MPA alumna Amy (Kemper) Haase '90. 他和MPA的关系越来越紧密. "I've always wanted to grow into Joe's position, 但说实话, I didn't think it would happen as soon as it did. 我一直喜欢组织工作. 这是我的优点之一. I cherish a moment to arrange my Post-it Notes," laughs Haase.
When asked what he likes about his new role, he followed suit 与 what Kordosky has often said: "We are one of the few schools that provides opportunities for all students, not just those who are good at a particular sport. With a no-cut policy, we find a place for everyone,”他说. "And we really value the team concept because we thrive on relationships here at MPA. Our passionate 教练es take pride in that. 这与胜利无关. 这与损失无关. It's about the relationships—not only today, but for many years to come,”他说.
There's room for growth in athletics at MPA, 和 Haase sees that: "Participation is down because specialization (intense training in one sport year round) is hurting us,”他说. This is not an issue unique to MPA, but a phenomenon becoming increasingly common. "We are in a society that supports this idea, but I am worried about the athletes using the same muscle groups year round 和 not getting the rest they need. Research study after research study shows that this promotes injuries, 倦怠, 和 does not lead to greater achievement in athletics,”hasse还说.
So Haase is on a mission to encourage students 和 families to choose MPA athletics first 和 to participate in a wide variety of sports. "The pressure will be less 和 the financial impact will be less. The 教练ing will be better 和 the competition is phenomenal. The Independent Metro Athletic Conference (IMAC) is one of the strongest conferences in the state because of the quality of the programs our schools have. That makes for a great competitive environment for our kids," Haase says.
For those students who want to play sports at the collegiate level, Haase assures them that they will find a place: "I always tell students that if they really have the desire to play at the next level, 他们会找到地方玩. But their number one priority should be their education 和 finding the school that will best prepare them for a future career."
There are several ways that the MPA community can join Haase's mission to grow athletics at MPA, 从小学开始. "I love to see families come together in their communities 和 organize participation on teams as early as kindergarten. Local community education programs most often organize teams based on school attendance, so classes may find that they make up the majority of a team. This is a great way to introduce children to a wide variety of sports at a young age 和 build camaraderie,”他说.
Lower School students 和 their families are encouraged to attend games 和 cheer on their fellow Panthers. 入学 is free 和 it's a wonderful way to spend an afternoon or evening. "We can all be advocates for MPA athletics in big 和 small ways. Students can rally for participation on MPA teams 和 parents can talk up the opportunities here in their networks. Students cut from teams at large high schools can play here 和 be really special," Haase explains.
While participation may be decreasing in the sports where specialization is common, 在其他地区也在增加.
“作为体育指导员,”hasse还说, "it is my responsibility to recognize that 和 take the steps to respond to the market. I will continue to evaluate what the needs of our students are, 以学生为中心做决定, 和 help them do the activities that they enjoy."
Clearly, Haase sees marketing athletics at MPA as a significant portion of his position. 入职还不到三个月, he is now the lead Twitterer behind @MPAPanthers 和 has grown the number of followers by nearly 20 percent. 他在网上开了一家精神商店, greatly improving the selection 和 customization possibilities for the entire MPA community—including alumni.
“在MPA有太多的豹Pride, 和 I am working really hard to harness 和 grow that in new 和 exciting ways,”hasse还说. "I invite the entire community to join in the effort, because the future here is very, very bright."