Powell hired as Union Local’s A.D.

MORRISTOWN – There have been several changing of the guards at Union Local High School this summer.

Those haven’t been limited to just academic administration.

Zack Powell has recently been hired as the Jets’ new athletic director, replacing Mark Cisar who stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 school year in May.

“We have a really good administrative team in place,” Powell said. “We’re all very ambitious and ready to put the time in.”

Prior to accepting the job at Union Local, Powell worked as a teacher at the Department of Corrections in St. Clairsville. The 30-year old Barnesville High School and Ohio University graduate taught through the Ohio Central School System for 5.5 years.

“Obviously, there’s a lot more community involvement and things you don’t ever have to deal with in the prison system,” Powell admitted. “I know parts of this (new) job can be overwhelming, but I wouldn’t have applied if it was something I didn’t think I could handle. I am a quick learner and I am looking forward to getting started.”

Along with serving as the athletic director, Powell is also the assistant principal dealing with discipline at the high school as well.

“It’s going to be a challenge,” Powell said. “I’ll have to make sure I am managing my time the best I can and find a happy medium to juggle all of the activities and things. It’s going to be a time consuming thing, but it’s something I am really looking forward to.”

Powell isn’t the only new face in Union Local athletics. The Jets will have a new football coach (Bruce Stiles), head basketball coach (Ben Porter) and girls basketball coach (Kelley Hanlon) as well.

“We have some great new coaches coming in and some great coaches already on the staff,” Powell said. “I think we’re going to be able to start to get some things turned around. I think these coaches will maximize the talent we have.”

Powell began his new role earlier this month and has been working briskly preparing for the upcoming school year. Fall sports practice begins in a little more than a week.

“I’ve been getting all of my accounts set up, talked with people at OHSAA, other athletic directors and just making sure I’m as organized as possible,” Powell said. “I’ve met with all of our coaches, so things are rolling.”

Powell, who owns a master’s degree in education administration from Salem International, had high praise for the work Cisar did during his stint as the athletic director. Cisar has remained a teacher at UL and is the school’s head baseball coach.

“Coach Cisar did an amazing job,” Powell said. “He put in the hours and made sure things were done the way they needed to be done. That pays off for me because I’m able to come into something were the ground work is already laid and on the track it needs to be on.”