The former baseball coach steps in to a new role in administration

Kevin Mills knew that he would like to get into administration at some point and was specifically interested in the athletic director job at West Linn, he just didn't know how quickly that job would open up.

Originally, former AD Rob Holstrom was planning on sticking around at least one more year before retiring but, when he made the decision to move to Arizona in the fall, Mills applied and was hired for the opening.

For the past two years, Mills has taught math and coached the varsity baseball team at West Linn. One of his first tasks as the new athletic director will be finding his own replacement on the diamond.

“That part was tough, telling the kids you're not coming back to coach next year because those relationships I built were phenomenal,” Mills said.

It will be a busy summer for Mills as he adjusts to his new role. The program recently filled its vacant girls basketball coaching position but, along with the baseball job, new coaches are also needed for the girls soccer and softball programs.

Mills did a practicum last year, filling in for assistant principal Annikke Olson while she was on maternity leave and will work closely with Holstrom over the summer.

“I've been shadowing Rob. It's always good to hear from someone who has that experience,” Mills said.

Mills, a graduate of Tigard High School and Linfield College, is excited about his role both as athletic director and assistant principal.

“I'll really get to immerse myself and celebrate in the successes that our students have and it will allow me to further my education,” Mills said.

In his time at West Linn, he has been impressed with the level of involvement that the community has.

“The support is really amazing and the amount of talent here is very diverse. My vision is to get as much involvement as we can and for each student to find a passion in athletics or activities,” Mills said.

Along with new hirings, Mills is excited to take on the challenges that the job has to offer which will include replacing the turf football field in the next two to three years.

“It's a balancing act but there's a great group of teachers, administrators and coaches who all support each other,” Mills said.

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