Evart appoints Pat Craven as new athletic director

EVART — Pat Craven is in his 11th year at Evart High School and has added some new duties.

Craven, Evart’s varsity football coach, was appointed athletic director Monday night by the Board of Education, effective July 1. He replaces Randy Kruse, who is retiring.

A special education instructor, Craven said he will be teaching three classes and also handling the athletic director duties. It’s his first stint as an AD.

“I’ve been working on my administration degree for a couple of years,” he  said. “This is the next process for me in reaching my professional goals for me and my family. I’m looking for an opportunity to move into an administrative position of some fashion. Evart’s our home. I knew Randy was retiring and there was a chance to fill this vacancy and get my feet wet on the administrative side of things, especially athletics.

“I love athletics. I love what it does for young people. I’m excited to try to help our kids, our school and community.”

Craven will be working on scheduling, game management and other aspects of the job.

“I’ll be working with coaches to help give them the resources to help them be successful,” Craven said. “I’ll be working with our kids to help them understand what it takes to be successful and compete at a high level and working closely with our parents and teachers to help our athletic program get to be where it can be. I’ll be more than just a scheduler.”

Craven said he’ll continue to coach football.

One immediate goal as an athletic director will be to fill the current coaching vacancies for volleyball, Craven said. He added the Evart wrestling team, which started last year as a club, will continue to function, with coach Ryan Hopkins building the program.

The existence of wrestling, Craven noted, gives Evart two boys and two girls sports in each season: football, volleyball and cross country in the fall, basketball, wrestling and competitive cheer in the winter, and baseball, softball and track in the spring.

Craven expects the Evart facilities to be used extensively during the summer with football, basketball, baseball and other sports having camps, scrimmages and other events.