Local school districts select new athletic directors
Athletic departments for both East and West Grand School Districts have new leadership this year.
Over the summer administrators from both of Grand County’s school districts welcomed new athletic directors onto their respective staffs. Out in Kremmling’s West Grand School District, Cori Kassib has been hired as both a new teacher and the district’s new athletic director. East Grand officials have named longtime coach and Assistant Athletic Director Mike Reigan as the new head of the Panther Athletic Department.
Kassib started her new role as athletic director in early August. The Manhattan, Ill., native comes to West Grand after spending over a decade at Summit High School in Frisco where she worked as a health and physical education teacher. Along with her new role overseeing Mustang sports, Kassib will also be teaching anatomy and physiology, health and a lifetime fitness class. She will also serve as the district’s activities director and will oversee coordination of non-sports extracurricular activities such as the robotics team, choir and FFA.
The married mother of two, who lives in Heeney with her family, said she is excited about the opportunity to be the new athletic director for the district.
“It is a really exciting new opportunity and a place for me to grow in my relationships with students,” Kassib said. “I have always been on the teaching side of things. This is a new opportunity to get to interact with kids but to also have more of a leadership role. I am excited to build relationships and have the opportunity to interact more with students and staff.”
Reigan, East Grand’s new athletic director, will be familiar to many longtime district residents and former athletes as he began his tenure with East Grand in 1985. He taught and coached in the district for a decade before becoming athletic director and dean of students in the 1990s. He retired from his career in education several years ago but, after growing bored in retirement, he returned to help out in a variety of ways including coaching and serving for the last decade as assistant athletic director.
He also assists with the Panther football program and is the head coach of the girl’s basketball team. The Colorado native took the reins of the East Grand Athletic Department in late July after the departure of former department director Brandon Wilkes.
“I enjoy coaching and I enjoy working with the kids,” Reigan said. “That is why I am still around, doing what I am doing.”
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