Jason Cline is back in a familiar position.
The 45-year-old is the new director of activities at Aitkin High School after briefly stepping down to become dean of students and women’s golf coach from 2019-2022.
Cline served as the Gobblers’ RA from 2015 to 2019.
Since he will return to the AD chair, Cline will step down as head coach of Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin Women’s Golf. All in all, he is delighted with his second stint as an AD.
“There’s a lot of excitement coming back,” he said. “In Aitkin’s first four years as an AD, the most important thing is that I want to work with coaches and come back with the athletic side of things. I loved coaching, but I’m super excited to be back. back and working with coaches again.
Cline said Aitkin is a family atmosphere and that’s why he and his family have been staying there for eight years now.
“It’s a community of ours,” he said. “Given the scale of the losses we have suffered in our community – I also sit on the fire department – and the ability of our community to rally and support each other, it is not just the school is the whole community and that’s the thing that keeps me here.
The loss Cline was referring to took place in the past year, Aitkin suffered the deaths of three students and one staff member.
“It’s been a tough year last year and watching our community rally together to experience the death of loved ones is, in my opinion, unparalleled,” Cline said. “The Aitkin community is phenomenal.”
Before coming to Aitkin, Cline served as an AD at Eagle Valley and also coached football at Mayville State University in North Dakota.
He and his wife, Lindsey, who is an eighth grade teacher at Aitkin, have two children, Kacie and Cole, and reside in Aitkin.
Having been in the seat before, Cline doesn’t expect too many hiccups during his transition. Alex White, who was Aitkin’s AD for the past three years, left to become AD in Hermantown.
“Part of it is trying to figure out where the DA was in their timeline and trying to figure out where the officials are and who has been contacted,” he said. “Otherwise coaches, I’ve spoken to 99 per cent of the coaches already and we’re all delighted to be ready to race.”
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