Olympia High School hired Mike Anchors as its new athletic director the school announced Friday.
Anchors is a 1994 graduate of Olympia High, where he played two years of basketball during coach John Kiley’s first two seasons and baseball for his senior season.
Most recently he taught math and special education at Tumwater High School while helping the boys basketball team win back-to-back Evergreen Conference 2A titles as an assistant coach.
“I’m in my dream job,” Anchors said. “The love for Olympia, the legacy for the high school. … It’s really cool to come back and do my part and continue the legacy and help Olympia continue to be great.”
The hiring comes after former athletic director Tim Ahern resigned in July after four years.
Ahern accepted a job for the city of Round Rock in Texas, where he had family ties.
Anchors said he saw the posting for the job opening July 24 while in Cooperstown, New York, to see Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Thinking back to his Griffey-crazed childhood, Anchors recalls racing home after school to catch Griffey’s legendary eight-game home run streak.
Add the athletic director opening of his alma mater on top of what he called an “emotional” weekend, everything seemingly fell into place.
The hiring comes during the heavy preparation for fall sports. Even after a hectic first couple of weeks, Anchors said the magnitude of the job has yet to sink in.
“I keep telling my mom,” he said, “I never thought that I would have a job where I have keys to Ingersoll Stadium or get to go out and be on the field where I played and to walk the halls. …
“It’s just been so crazy to think about that I actually achieved the spot of the athletic director and get to have a positive impact on athletes at Olympia High School.”