Zac Stevenson wanted to get back to his home state of Michigan. So when the opportunity came up to be the athletic director at Lakeview High School, he was eager to make Battle Creek his new home.
Stevenson is in the first few weeks as the new Lakeview Athletic Director, taking over for longtime AD Greg Hermsen, who retired in July.
After going to school and working for nearly two decades in Michigan, Stevenson found himself in New Hampshire the last three years.
“We are from Michigan, all of our family is back here in Michigan, and in the 30 months or so we lived in New Hampshire we came back 19 times,” Stevenson said. “There were so many family functions and events, we were always coming home and it was tough being 12 hours a way – that’s a lot of miles. So we were looking to get closer to home.”
Stevenson has 16 years of experience being an athletic director at different stops in his career. His time in Michigan saw him at Woodhaven High School in the Detroit area as well as Manistee. After graduating from Western Michigan University, Stevenson was also a coach at different levels in basketball and soccer before becoming an athletic director full time.
With his background in the state, Stevenson thinks he will be able to slide into the Lakeview job seamlessly and be comfortable by the time school starts in the fall.
“The nice part of it, is that I have relationships with a number of ADs throughout the state after being a member of the AD state group from before,” Stevenson said. “The job is the same, names and faces change, so it will be comfortable for me as I get used to the job. I’ve been doing this long enough.”
Stevenson is in the process of meeting all of his coaches and his staff. While he makes those connections, he hopes to create the kind of atmosphere he thinks is needed in an athletic office.
“I am very collaborative. My feeling is my job is to provide the best opportunity we can for our kids and to do that we need to enable our coaches to do what they need to do to be successful,” Stevenson said. “I see myself, in one light, as an assistant to our coaches to help them get done what they need to get done. But in another way, I see myself as the varsity coach to the varsity coaches from a leadership standpoint. Really a partnership both ways.”
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