Santa Fe athletics under new leadership


Coach Rasmussen is taking over Santa Fe's Athletic Director's position.

Sydney Varner, Santa Fe Managing Print Editor

Santa Fe’s athletics department is undertaking new leadership in 2018 as former assistant football coach Andrew Rasmussen is taking over the position of Athletic Director from former director Barry Blagowsky who retired on January 4th of this year.

Rasmussen has been working at Santa Fe as a football and powerlifting coach since 2000 but he first came to Santa Fe as a graduate assistant in 1996. He’s enjoyed coaching and was torn on his decision to leave his full time coaching position to become the athletic director.

“It was a hard decision to make; I was very comfortable being a football coach,” Rasmussen said. “But anytime you’re comfortable it’s not good so I tried to get out of my comfort zone. This is something that has always intrigued me and the opportunity was there.”   

Taking on this position means adopting a lot of responsibilities as the athletic director oversees all the coaches, players and sports programs at Santa Fe. Rasmussen has plans to expand and improve the athletics programs.

“I want to develop relationships with all sports because that’s where everything starts,” Rasmussen said. “I also want to start up an athletic Hall of Fame in the coming year as something that will build on and get bigger and better every year.”

Rasmussen has been coaching for 22 years and has had a lasting impact of Santa Fe’s athletics already. He coached the power lifting team to three state rings in the last three years and coached the football team to many victories opening the new stadium. As a result, many of Rasmussen’s athletes look up to his character and abilities as coach.

“He’s a traditional person with a lot of good core values,” senior powerlifter and football captain Amari Warhop said. “He believes in hard work so that’s what he wants; he wants everyone to work hard.”

Rasmussen has a history of being dedicated to athletics and Santa Fe athletes and administrators couldn’t see him fitting into any other position.

He has been coaching and/or teaching at Santa Fe for more than 20 years and there is not another educator in our building who loves Santa Fe more than him,” Santa Fe principal Jason Hayes said. “He knows what it means to be a teacher, a coach and a parent at Santa Fe.”

Even though Rasmussen has more responsibilities to take on, he won’t be completely disconnected from football and the athletes.

“It’s going to be tough to not be coaching in that capacity, but the good thing is I’ll still be around it,” Rasmussen said. “I’ll still be around the guys, I’ll be their biggest fan and I’ll still be yelling and screaming at them to do their best.”


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