While working at Churchill High School, Matt Myers did a little bit of everything. He managed online, AP and state testing; he made sure students were on track to graduate; he assisted the administration; he helped with scholarships.
“It was kind of a mishmash. It was licensed position, but it was a very unique one,” said Myers reflecting on his last two years at CHS. “I didn’t do a lot of one thing, but I did a variety of stuff.”
Myers has worked in the 4J District for the last 14 years. In that time he was also a middle school math teacher for eight years, a teacher on special assignment, which put him at schools around the district, and also coached track and cross country. That variety of both interest and skills has all led to Myers being named assistant principal/athletic director at Cottage Grove High School.
“I think we have someone that really more than has the potential to be not only the assistant principal looking at that side of that but also being fair and consistent with the athletic department,” said South Lane School District superintendent Larry Sullivan about Myers at the June 17 school board meeting. “So I’m pleased with Matt doing that. He comes across with a lot of integrity and an exceptional background, that’s who he is.”
Myers, who first came to know the district as a substitute teacher at Lincoln Middle School and CGHS around 2004, has been interested in getting into an administrative role. When the position came open at CGHS, he knew it was the right fit. He was drawn in by everything from the convenience of the commute while still living in Eugene to high graduation rates in the district to community support for athletics.
“I was ready for a challenge, this job got posted and I was just like, I have to apply for this job,” said Myers. “I couldn’t pass it up.”
The position of assistant principal/athletic director became available after Gary Roberts announced he would be heading Marshfield High School to be the assistant principal. While Myers got a chance to see Roberts before he is leaving SLSD, he was last with him as Roberts was heading to SLSD.
“We taught summer school together a couple years. When he was back at Sheldon and actually I was working with him, I was doing summer school when he accepted his position in Cottage Grove,” said Myers.
But now as Roberts leaves, Myers prepares for the future and enters into CGHS where there are head coaching vacancies in softball, baseball and football.
“I’m trying to do the best I can to get the best fit for the football coach. Right now, I’ll confess, that’s my first priority because it’s happening the soonest. The other vacancies aren’t as time sensitive so that’s the one that I’m really looking at,” said Myers.
With football on his mind, Myers noted how impressed he is with the team.
“I know it’s one of the top programs in 4A. I mean, I know some 5A coaches that say that it’s not just one of the best 4A programs in the state, that it is one of the best programs in the state,” said Myers. “If you look at the way the community supports it and the facility they have, it’s really, I mean, it’s one of the best, if you look statewide, it’s one of the strongest, most supported programs in the state. Flat out.”
While Myers is preparing for the football season and all of the other sports seasons that follow, he, ultimately, is excited to get to know the people in the CGHS community.
“I just started meeting folks and I’ve had super positive first impressions. I’m just looking forward to getting to know them better,” said Myers. “It seems like they care a lot about kids and they work hard and they’re very easy-going people.”