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Lakers News · Coach Schultz Wins Award


East Lansing, Mich. – January, 2018 – Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Chris Schultz of Advanced Technology Academy Schools as regional Athletic Director of the Year. One of only fourteen administrators statewide to be honored by the MIAAA, Chris will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2018, at the MIAAA Annual Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.

Mr. Schultz graduated from Flat Rock high school in 1984, and Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in History. Chris first function at ATA was as the REACH Coordinator and varsity boys’ basketball coach. In 2011 he was promoted to Athletic Director, and in 2014 he also took on the Assistant Dean of Students role. When Chris first arrived at ATA, the school only offered 2 sports; Boys’ basketball & Girls’ softball. Since becoming the Athletic Director the sports programs have expanded.  Advanced Technology Academy now has seven sports offerings for high school students and for the first time offered five athletic programs for its middle school. Chris has been active in working with commutating sporting news throughout the area with his football blog, and continues to develop strong academic requirements for all students at Advanced Technology Academy.

Chris has been married to his wife Christy for 25 years. They have two children, Christopher a student at Bowling Green, and Catherine a freshman in high school

James Okler, Athletic Director at Grosse Ile Schools, states. “Mr. Schultz is committed to educational athletics, he works to insure not just his self, but his student-athletes, staff and  administration, all understand sports is a way to positive things in life.

New Boston Huron Athletic Director Mr. Marty Salazar expressed the following regarding Mr. Schultz. “Chris demonstrates in the delicate balance of the needs of the student athletes, coaches, and parents. He communicates expectations, celebrates their successes, and is fair and consistent in all situations”

The MIAAA is a 59-year-old association with nearly 700 members serving as athletic administrators in numerous high schools and junior high/middle schools in Michigan.  As partners with the Michigan High School Athletic Association, the MIAAA works to promote the educational value of interscholastic athletics and the role and profession of athletic administrators.  The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Chris Schultz–a person whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.