Athlete Concentrating

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

OF THE YEAR

MIKE BAKKER, CMAA

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Mike Bakker, CMAA (Fenton), graduated from Rochester High School, where he participated in four sports. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Secondary Teaching Certificate in Math and Environmental Science, a Master’s in Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Coaching Education from Michigan State University along with a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

 

Mike began his career in education as a Math teacher at Mason High School in 1999. While at Mason, he also served as a JV Boys Tennis Coach and as the Boys and Girls Varsity Swim Coach. In 2004, Mike was named Athletic Director and an Assistant Principal at Fenton High School, where he has been since. In 2007, he also took over duties as Athletic Director for Fenton AGS Middle School.

 

Mike has demonstrated incredible service to the MIAAA and state of Michigan during his time in education. He has served as Greater Flint Athletic Administrators Association President for the past 10 years, was Region 9 representative for five years, and was MIAAA President in 2016.. He is currently a member of the MIAAA Strategic Planning and Conference committees, a Co-Chair for the MIAAA Constitution Committee, a Co-Chair for the MIAAA Website Committee, the MIAAA Summer Workshop Chair, and the MIAAA Assistant to the Executive Director. Since he began at Fenton High School in 2004, Mike has helped add the sports of Lacrosse and Gymnastics at the High School level and Baseball and Softball at the Middle School level. Fenton Schools is currently the only district in Genesee County to offer each MHSAA Tournament Sport. He has helped host 123 MHSAA tournaments since 2004 at the District, Regional, Quarterfinal and Semifinal levels and is an MHSAA Committee Member for Swim and Dive, Wrestling, Tennis, Basketball Officials, Awards, Baseball and Softball site selection, and the Football Task Force.

 

Mike was honored as the Region 9 Athletic Director of the Year in 2010. He served as an LTI instructor and presenter at the MIAAA conference for over 10 years, helped represent the MIAAA for three years at NIAAA Section IV meetings, created and manages Social Media accounts for MIAAA, initiated the use of the Google Platform for storage of information and ease of sharing MIAAA documents among key parties, and has helped to use online, electronic tools to create a streamlined voting for position statements, conference surveys, and awards.

 

Mark Suchowski, former Principal at Fenton High School, along with the entire Fenton Coaching Staff, states that “Mike has the ability to utilize the power of personal relationships to help promote the mission of our programs and students towards continued growth in educational athletics. His guidance and investment in relationships not only shows in the overall success of our program, but more importantly in the educational development of our students. There are many of us at Fenton who are beyond grateful for the person that Mike is and the dedication to our department, students, and community that he continues to cultivate for the benefit of educational athletics.”

 

Mike is a Flint Kiwanis Athlete of the Year Program Committee Member and a member of the Fenton Education Foundation Board of Directors. During his time at Michigan State, Mike was a member of the Rugby team and represented Michigan State University as the “Greatest Mascot in the World,” Sparty, from 1998-2000. He completed the Disney Marathon in January 2005 while holding sub 10-minute miles the entire way. Mike has been married to his wife Denise, who works as an Administrative Assistant at AGS Middle School in Fenton, for 18 years and has three children: Jasper (17), Tristan (17), and Paige (15), who are all students at Fenton High School.

PREVIOUS ATHLETIC DIRECTORS OF THE YEAR

1972-73 Dick Maher, Sturgis
1973-74 Clayton Kowalk, Lansing
1974-75 Jim Inman, Hillsdale
1975-76 Jack Cotton, Farmington
1976-77 Don Domke, Westland John Glenn
1977-78 Howard Kraft, Redford Union
1978-79 Walt Bazylewicz, Detroit Parochial
1979-80 Tom McShannock, Muskegon
1980-81 Bob James, Warren
1981-82 Clayton Kowalk, Lansing
1982-83 Jack Johnson, Dearborn
1983-84 Dennis Kiley, Jackson
1984-85 Ron Gulyas, Flat Rock Woodhaven
1985-86 Phil Marazita, Lansing Waverly
1986-87 Richard Snyder, Warren
1987-88 Herb Quade, Benton Harbor
1988-89 Wayne Kellogg, Coldwater
1989-90 Mike Foster, CAA, Richland Gull Lake
1990-91 Richard Ulrich, Rochester
1991-92 Bernie Larson, CAA, B.C. Pennfield
1992-93 Chuck Jones, CAA, Royal Oak
1993-94 Norm Johnson, Bangor
1994-95 Roy A. Allen, Jr., Detroit Public
1995-96 Joe Todey, Essexville Garber

1996-97 Eric Federico, CAA, Trenton
1997-98 Jane Bennett, CMAA, Ann Arbor Huron
1998-99 Chuck Nurek, CAA, Avondale
1999-00 Fred Smith, CMAA, Comstock
2000-01 Dan McShannock, CMAA, Midland Dow
2001-02 Jim Feldkamp, CAA, Troy
2002-03 Tom Rashid, CAA, Detroit CHSL
2003-04 Carl Latora, CMAA, Portage Northern
2004-05 Ken Semelsberg er, CMAA, Port Huron
2005-06 Melanie Miller, CMAA, Lansing Sexton
2006-07 Karen Leinaar, CAA, Benzie Central
2007-08 Jamie Gent, CMAA, Haslett
2008-09 Pete Ryan, CMAA, Saginaw Heritage
2009-10 Vic Michaels, CAA, Detroit CHSL
2010-11 Gary Hice, CAA, Petoskey
2011-12 Michael Roy, CMAA, Vicksburg
2012-13 Rick Schmidt, CAA, Holt
2013-14 Dave Chrisinske, CAA, Thornapple Kellogg
2014-15 Deb VanKuiken, CMAA, Holly
2015-16 Michael Garvey, CMAA, Hackett
2016-17 Chris Ervin, CAA, St. Johns
2017-18 Ken Mohney, CMAA, Matawan
2018-19 Marc Hage, CMAA, Livonia Churchill

2019-20 Betty Wroubel, CAA, Notre Dame Prep