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Andrew Umthun is the new activities director at Cedar Rapids Xavier, the school announced Friday.
Umthun comes to Xavier from Estherville Lincoln Central, where he has been the athletic director, assistant principal and head football coach since 2014. Previously, he was a member of the faculty and strenth and conditioning coach at Sioux City Heelan.
He replaces Steve Lueck, who resigned in December after just five months on the job.
“We are excited to welcome Andy Umthun as Xavier’s Activities Director,” Xavier principal and interim activities director Tom Keating said in a release. “Andy brings experience as an outstanding teacher, coach and administrator, directing a successful 3A athletic, fine arts and co-curricular program. His Catholic school background as a student and educator will serve him well in his role at Xavier. We look forward (to) the energy and vision he will bring to continue to provide our students with an outstanding activities experience!”
Keating will maintain the interim AD role until July 1.
In the release, Xavier said it “explored interest” in bringing back Mike Winker, who served as the AD from the school’s opening in 1998 until last summer, but he chose to continue as a lecturer in the University of Iowa’s Sport and Recreation Management program. Winker has been helping the school with scheduling and event planning in an advising role that will continue, according to the release.
Umthun graduated from West Des Moines Dowling in 2001, earned his bachelors degree at the University of Northern Iowa and masters of science in education from Wayne State College.
“I am honored and excited to be named the new Activities Director at Xavier High School,” Umthun said a statement. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to lead one of the most successful athletic and fine arts programs in the state. The value co-curricular activities bring to the total educational experience is something I am passionate about. I welcome the opportunity to help develop and lead young people in the unique setting of a Catholic high school. I strongly believe in, and know first-hand, the value of a well-rounded education. I could not be more excited to be joining the Xavier Saints family!”