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Decision to Cut Athletic Director a Mistake

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The MavLife Editorial Board is having a hard time imagining how coaches, parents, and athletes alike are going to cope with the drastic changes that will likely come due to the loss of Athletic Director Kari Digiulio next school year.

At such a powerhouse athletic school with over 60% of the student body involved in sports, keeping this position would seem like a no brainer. Between coordinating game and bus schedules, preparing early-out slips, determining athlete eligibility, and allocating facility distribution, our current nationally-ranked athletic program is no doubt going to suffer when the Athletic Director duties are transferred to Assistant Principal Doug Kamon.
Although an Assistant Principal is going to be taking over these essential tasks, without someone specifically dedicated to the LCC athletics program, the time spent on this area of our culture will be necessarily be reduced. Principal Kyle Ruggles has expressed that one of the main reasons for this change is that LCC will have lower student enrollment next year, dropping from 2,888 students to just under 2,000. Therefore, the assistant principals will supposedly be able to take on more responsibilities.

However, as our editorial board and many people in the community are aware, students and families choose to attend LCC each year for the prestigious sports programs and the incomparable support and efficiency of the athletic department. None of this would be possible without the hard work and coordination of someone solely dedicated to the athletes.

With multiple athletes on the editorial board, we can fairly say that working with Kari DiGiulio has been a pleasure. She is always there to help us with completing our required paperwork, to listen to our concerns about the coaching staff, and to cheer us on at our games. Losing such a well-respected and deserving member of the faculty from our athletic program will be a loss for all athletes.

Cutting the Athletic Director position is not a smart way to cope with the problem of lower enrollment. In fact we are risking the potential downfall of one of the most desirable traits that draws students to LCC in the first place: athletic excellence. Not only will this loss upset the coaches, athletes, and parents, but it will also alter the community’s perception of LCC when we are suddenly the only large athletic school in the district who doesn’t find it necessary to employ an Athletic Director.

Sporting events provide social opportunities for the rest of the school where freshmen through seniors, as well as parents, siblings, and other members of the community consistently come together as one big family sporting blue, green, and gold. Sports are part of the culture at LCC. Along with our other noteworthy programs, our nationally-ranked athletic program has always been something to be proud of here at La Costa Canyon. Removing the position that makes this celebrated athletic program possible is a mistake that will affect the entire community.

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  1. Concerned Parent on April 29th, 2013 4:16 pm

    If reduced enrollment is the excuse for cut, why is there no reduction in one of the three assistant principals vs. the sole athletic director?
    Sound like the assistant principals need more work as an excuse to keep their jobs. Typical publically run enitity. No common sense, just cronyism at its best.

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Decision to Cut Athletic Director a Mistake