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Farmington AD Summer accepts position at Chaska

Farmington High School athletics director Jon Summer has accepted an expanded position as the athletic director and assistant principal at Chaska High School.

Summer will begin at his new position Monday, July 29, pending approval by the Eastern Carver County School Board at its meeting July 18. Summer, who has served as the athletics director in Farmington for the last eight years, said the opportunity to work in an administrative role alongside his duties as athletics director was something that drew him to the job.

"I saw an opportunity to grow professionally and that attracted me to the position. In my 12 years in the field I've been involved in just the athletics side and I think for anyone in any position it's nice to have the chance to expand and grow and find ways where you can continue to make an impact," Summer said. "I also know the area. My wife and I lived in Chaska prior to me taking the job here, so we like the community and have had the opportunity to meet the coaches and the kids as they have been a (Missota) conference member."

Summer will lead an athletic department in a similar state of transition as the one he's leaving in Farmington. The Hawks switched from the Lake Conference to the Missota Conference in 2010, and will depart for the new Metro West Conference in the fall of 2014. At the same time, the Tigers will switch to the South Suburban Conference, a move Summer helped orchestrate over the last year.

"The conference change is one of the things I'm most proud of, the way Farmington has grown as a program thanks to a lot of different people; the coaches, the athletes, the youth program coordinators and the supportive administration and school board," Summer said. "The transition will be a great opportunity for Farmington as it becomes a bigger community. I think people will come together and create bigger, better things here."

The biggest thing built during Summer's eight-year tenure was Farmington High School itself. Summer helped with the design of and the transition to the new campus on Flagstaff Avenue in 2009. He also oversaw expansion in several sports, like boys and girls lacrosse being added as a varsity program and boys and girls soccer going from two-level (JV and varsity) to four-level (ninth grade, B Squad, JV, varsity) programs.

In addition to his regular duties as athletics director, Summer also managed a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a blog that updated followers of Tiger athletics.

"This community takes a lot of pride in its athletic programs. I remember going to a section finals football game against Eastview in my first year here, when Farmington was the smallest school in 5A, and there were fans surrounding the field. There is a lot of Tiger pride and that's a unique thing," Summer said. "I've really enjoyed my eight years in Farmington. I'm thankful for all the different relationships I've been a part of and they mean the world to me, and have helped me prepare for a new professional opportunity. I certainly wish everyone well.... It's going to be a bit bittersweet."