Maricopa High School Athletic Director Brian Winter is leaving the school to take a similar position at Goodyear Millennium High School.
Winter, who also served as vice principal at MHS since last summer, will have the same duties at Millennium.
The Tigers are a Division I program, representing a step up for Winter and his salary will increase as well.
“It’s just a bigger school, a bigger district. There are four high schools,” Winter said.
“When I came here it wasn’t going to be a one and done; it just kind of worked out that way. I had actually hoped it would be a destination.
“I think we got a lot of things in place and raised the bar on a lot of levels. I think we laid the foundation this year for better things to happen.”
Improvements were made to many MHS facilities, especially in baseball and softball, although the results did not always translate to victories on the field.
***ADVERTISEMENT***A native of Minnesota, Winter came Maricopa last summer from Eagle Point High School in the Medford area of Oregon where he was boys’ basketball head coach, athletic director and assistant principal.
A search for a new athletic director is underway. Maricopa Unified School District Human Resources Director Tom Beckett indicated Monday that options are being explored internally and externally. The position is listed on the district’s website.
Beckett said the post should be filled no later than July 1.