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Banks' Jacob Pence named athletic director of the year

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Annual Oregon Athletic Directors Association recognizes Banks athletic director with two awards

Jacob PenceBanks School District Athletic Director Jacob Pence was recently named 4A and 4A/5A/6A athletic director of the year by the Oregon Athletic Directors Association.

An OADA committee selects winners from nominated directors in conferences throughout the state. Pence received two awards at a recent conference for the athletic directors of Oregon, one for the 4A division and another 4A/5A/6A combined award.

Pence graduated from Crook County High School, and earned an associates degree from Clackamas Community College and bachelors and masters degrees from Pacific University. He has been with the Banks School District for 15 years. He spent 10 years as a high school and middle school teacher and has been the Banks High School athletic director and vice principal for the last five years.

Pence will be the high school principal starting next year, replacing Mark Everett who is retiring at the end of this year.

"Jacob puts in countless number of hours to ensure that our coaches and student-athletes have what they need to compete and be safe," said Banks High School Principal Mark Everett. "I think all of the success our high school sports and activities have had over the past couple of years is a direct reflection of how hard Jacob has worked for our students and coaches."

Pence said he was honored but humbled by the award.

"I love my job and love the people I get an opportunity work with," he said. "This award is a reflection of all those people doing great things in our Banks community. It's a great honor but the credit needs to be shared."