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    Welcome Jason Thurston | New Ballard Athletics and Activities Director! | Jan 2017
    Posted on 01/03/2017
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    I am extremely excited to join you all as the Athletics and Activities Director at Ballard. I have been incredibly impressed with everything I have heard, read, and experienced throughout the last 2 months and look forward to being a part of our future here.

    I would like to tell you a bit about myself as a brief introduction, but look forward to getting to know many of you in person in the coming months and years. I began teaching and coaching in 2004 at Waller High School outside of Houston, before moving to Liberty High School in Frisco, TX in 2008. I have coached many sports including Track and Field, Tennis, Weightlifting, and Football, but the majority of my time has been spent as a Head Wrestling Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s teams for 11 of my 13 years. We were fortunate enough to earn 2 state championships during that time, as well as many district and regional titles as well.

    My biggest passion is to build programs that give everyone involved a sense of community and family. Our job in athletics is to give kids experiences and memories that will last the rest of their lives. These experiences take place on the field/court/mat/track, but also in other events that take place away from competition that get the kids to build the camaraderie that is needed to win.

    You will see my wife, Alexis, and our 3 young kids (Tyler - 4, McKayla - 2, Gabriel - 6 months) at many events throughout the year. It’s been fun teaching little ones what a Beaver is - we didn’t have many of those in Texas!

    I am eager to get started and look forward to getting to work closely with many of you. I am confident we can build on the incredibly strong foundation laid by Ms. Burr and the rest of the Ballard staff. Let me know how I can assist in any way!

    It’s always great to be a Beaver!

    Respectfully,
    Jason Thurston
    jkthurston@seattleschools.org