Michigan’s professional organization of school athletic directors, the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA), has selected Autumn Mattson of Cedar Springs High School as regional Athletic Director of the Year. One of only fourteen administrators state wide to be honored by the MIAAA, Autumn will be presented the award in Traverse City on March 18, 2014 at the annual MIAAA Mid-Winter Conference in which over 500 athletic directors participate.
Mattson came to Cedar Springs High school from Lake Superior State University where she played four years of women’s basketball and received her undergraduate degree. She then received her Masters in Education and her teaching certificate from Aquinas College. Currently at Cedar Springs, Autumn serves as Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Mattson also served as president of the OK Bronze division in 2011 & 2012 and is involved in numerous MHSAA committees including: Women in Sports Leadership, Basketball Officials, and the Scholar Athlete committee.
In 2010, Mattson founded the Athletic Leadership Council (ALC) in Cedar Springs with the goal of uniting the students, staff and community and to spread the Red Hawk Pride to the community. One example is Staff Pride night when each athlete chooses a staff member within the district who has made a difference in their lives and invites them to attend a game. This allows past teachers to see that they are remembered and appreciated.
Brian Zdanowski, Athletic Director at Greenville High School, says Autumn is “very professional, dependable, and one who will do what it takes to get the job done. She is most definitely the leader of the athletic department and has gained respect from the coaches, athletes, and the parents that she serves.”
Steve Bennink, Athletic Director at Coopersville Area Schools, says “she has been the ultimate professional, always representing what is best for all student athletes, whether hers or the other schools.”
The MIAAA is a 52-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 director. The MIAAA is very proud to spotlight the work of Autumn Mattson, an Athletic Director whose work and values best mirrors those of the association.