New SFPS athletic director will oversee student activities | Local News

Superintendent Veronica García on Monday named Mark Mutz, a former Santa Fe High School assistant principal with deep roots in local athletic programs, to oversee athletics as well as other student activities for the Santa Fe school district.

Mutz, 42, will take over duties from former athletic director Sara Baca, who is no longer with the district after two years in the post, as part of a new $80,000-a-year job that also includes oversight of a range of programs including bands and ROTC programs as well as drama, science, debate and super-computing clubs. He will serve as the athletic and activities director.

While Mutz was an assistant principal for the 2016-17 school year, much of his previous experience was in special education, having served as deputy director for special education with the state Public Education Department and as Santa Fe High’s special education coordinator in 2014-15.

Mutz played football at Santa Fe and Capital high schools before graduating from Capital in 1993. He also played the sport at New Mexico Highlands University during the mid-1990s and served as an assistant coach at Capital under Jermaine Whitaker in 2000. His father, Hoyt Mutz, was a football coach at Santa Fe High during the 1970s and 1980s before he moved on to an administrative post in Santa Fe Public Schools in 1987.

“This has been what I’ve been wanting for a while,” Mark Mutz said Monday. “This is where my passion is — in athletics. Where I am today is because of athletics, and I want to continue to provide that for our students.”

Mutz will coordinate with each school’s athletic manager and the assistant principals who oversee athletics and other activities at each school. He also will be expected to lead the district’s responsibility to have a representative at games and other events.

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