EVART —  This has been a busy time of year for Evart’s Pat Craven for many reasons.

Craven and his football team is in its first week of practice. Last Thursday, Craven was at the Evart weight room area spending one last session with his team.

Various players participated in the conditioning sessions during the summer.

“We’re trying to build strength and mental toughness,” Craven said. “Our coaching staff’s goal to get out of the summer weight program was strength and mental toughness.That’s what we’ve really focused on this year. I think the kids have had a nice summer. We’ve done some nice things.”

Craven announced last week that he has taken a new job with the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District. He has been a long-time teacher at Evart HIgh School and for the past year was also athletic director.

He’ll be the Mecosta-Osceola ISD U.S. 10 Special Education supervisor and principal of Muskegon River and Pineview youth home schools. But he will continue as football coach.

Craven has been at Evart 13 years.

“I wanted to make some moves professionally in the areas of educational leadership,” Craven said. “That was an opportunity that was a good one. It’s close to home and (the MOISD)  is very supportive of me to continue to coach football.”