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Nordick selected as new Park Rapids Activities Director

Jeremy Nordick

Jeremy Nordick has been selected as the new Activities Director at Park Rapids Area Schools, replacing John Schumacher.

"There are many reasons why I wanted the AD position at Park Rapids. I felt it was a tremendous opportunity to grow professionally. The administration has built a strong culture of Panther pride and tradition and I really am excited to be a part of that," said Nordick, who will take over as the new AD in the fall. "I have a lot of respect for the staff and people that work in the PR district. I know many of them already, so to have that familiarity will make it a smooth transition."

Nordick graduated from Moorhead High School in 1997 where he was an all-conference quarterback on the football team and captain of the basketball team. He was a four-year letterwinner in college and currently holds multiple weightlifting records for quarterbacks at Bemidji State University. Nordick also played professional arena football for the Sioux Falls Storm in 2003.

Nordick received his Bachelor of Science degree from BSU where he majored in health and physical education. He received his master's degree in educational leadership from Southwest Minnesota State University and also has a specialist in coaching degree. Nordick has taught at Menahga High School the last 12 years as a physical education and health teacher.

Nordick will also take over as the Panthers' new head football coach after serving as head coach for United North Central the last 11 seasons. Nordick led the Warriors to the state Class AA semifinals in 2015 while guiding UNC to conference titles in 2007 and 2009. Nordick was also selected the Section 8AA Coach of the Year in 2015 and was named conference Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2009. In addition to being the Warriors' head football coach, Nordick was Menahga's head boys basketball coach.

Deciding to leave the Menahga school district and accept the job to replace the retiring Schumacher was a tough choice for Nordick.

"It has been a very emotional couple of weeks. It was very hard to say goodbye to the kids that have played for me over the years. It has been so special to me to have had the opportunity to teach and coach here. The kids all have great attitudes and strong work ethics that stem from the guidance of their parents," said Nordick, whose wife Andria is the co-owner of Northway Insurance of Park Rapids. The Nordicks have two daughters, 8-year-old Allie (who attends Park Rapids Century School) and 1-year-old Reese. "I appreciate the support I have been given from the parents and community of Menahga. Everyone has been very supportive of the decision from the staff to the students. I am very proud and honored to say that I was at Menahga High School for 12 years. I'll forever have lasting memories as a Warrior and a Brave."

Nordick will bring high expectations in the classroom as well as on the field. He is focused on promoting a winning atmosphere within Panther activities as well as building on the traditions that have already been established. Nordick says he will continue to set goals high and will work tirelessly to achieve them.

"We are very pleased that Jeremy is committed to leading the next generations of Panther activities," said Park Rapids Superintendent Lance Bagstad. "He has high expectations for himself and for all programs. I'm excited to see our activities programs continue to grow and provide our students with top-notch opportunities and experiences."

"Park Rapids feels like home. My grandparents had a lake home on Potato Lake as I was growing up and I've spent the last 12 years in the area. We have a community of great people here in Park Rapids that I believe is the centerpiece for 'Minnesota Nice.' All the coaches in their respective sports work very hard to give their student-athletes the best possible chance to succeed. They have high expectations and I do as well, so it feels like a great fit. Obviously I have some very big shoes to fill. John has been a dedicated Panther and a staple in the community for a long time. I want to continue to build on the foundation that he has set, set goals high for each program and strive to achieve those goals."