New athletic director Andy Mott is eager to connect students, sports in the Estacada School District

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: ANDY MOTT - Andy Mott will serve as athletic director for the Estacada School District starting in July.

Estacada High School teacher and football coach Andy Mott will serve as the school district's athletic director beginning this summer.

Trevor Syring, Estacada High School's vice principal and former part-time athletic director for the district, will become the high school's full-time vice principal. Funding for Mott's new position comes from the Estacada School District's Measure 98 grant.

Measure 98 passed in November 2016 with 66 percent of the vote. It calls for investing $800 per Oregon high school student for three purposes: career education, college preparation and dropout prevention.

Mott has taught physical education and health in Estacada since 2013.

He will still teach three classes and is excited to impact students at a larger scale as he steps into his new role in the district.

"I want to be positive and encouraging," he said. "I want kids to get the most that they possibly can, and create new opportunities to help our kids."

He noted that athletics are valuable because they create a positive outlet for many students.

"(Athletics) gets them involved and focused and on track to graduate," he added.

Estacada School District Superintendent Ryan Carpenter noted that Mott's new role will benefit the school district and community.

"The Estacada School District is focused on putting the right people in the right places to best serve our students and families. Andy Mott will be an outstanding leader for our athletic department. He has well-rounded knowledge and experience with multiple sports and youth organizations," Carpenter said.

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