The Laker athletic director takes the West Linn job and will pursue his administrative license

Lake Oswego athletic director Mark Horak recently announced his decision to step down after seven years with the Lakers. He will now pursue his administrative license and has accepted the athletic director job at West Linn High School.

“It was always a goal of mine to go back and get my administrative license and the West Linn job will force me to do that,” said Horak, who will start those classes in June.

Horak is a nationally-recognized athletic director and one of the most respected ADs in the state, earning a distinguished service award in 2010. He started with Lake Oswego in 2007 and oversaw one of the most successful athletic runs in the school's history.

“Mark's commitment and attention to detail and his work ethic have been tremendous. To be successful, you need great athletes, great coaches and great leadership,” Lake Oswego Superintendent Bill Korach said.

Previously, Horak served as athletic director at Central Catholic for nine years and was a coach and teacher in both Texas and Oregon.

With his son, Jordan, graduating this spring and going on to play baseball at the University of Portland, Horak felt he was ready for a change.

“You just kind of know when it's time for your next move. It's always tough to leave something that you're proud of and we have such great coaches and kids and staff member at Lake Oswego but change can be a good thing,” Horak said.

He will leave behind an impressive legacy that saw the school rack up league titles and more than a handful of state championships as well.

“I was very happy we could get (Lake Oswego football coach) Steve Coury his first state title in football and I was glad we could make improvements in our facilities. I think our coaching staff was able to take things to the next level,” Horak said.

In West Linn, Horak sees a similar opportunity and hopes to continue that school's recent run of success and should benefit from his familiarity with the school's coaches and staff.

“They're very comparable schools and, just going through the interview process (at West Linn) I felt invigorated,” Horakd said.

Lake Oswego had already received a large number of applicants for the open position and has started the process of finding Horak's replacement.

“This is going to be a very important and key hire for us,” Korach said.

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