Mickey Carter new A.D. at Southwest High
Southwest High Athletic Director Mickey Carter smiles during an interview Wednesday at Southwest in El Centro. (JOSELITO VILLERO)
With a master’s degree in the same field from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., it was only a matter of time until he moved into sports administration.
“When it presented itself, I was interested and took it,” Carter said.
Carter is the new athletic director at Southwest High after former athletic director Craig Lyon was put in charge of discipline. Lyon is also an assistant principal at Southwest.
Carter will teach some biology classes and be in charge of the athletic department at Southwest.
Carter has been at Southwest since it opened in 1995. He attended Seeley Elementary before graduating from Central Union High in 1975.
He attended Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University, where he graduated with a degree in physical education with a minor in biology.
After returning to the Valley in 1986, he taught for a year at a school in Westmorland. He then taught physical education and eventually biology at Imperial, one year at Central and came to Southwest when it opened.
With the school year already in its first week of operation, the transition has been smooth for Carter.
“We’ve gotten off to a smooth start so far and if anything, that attributes to the job that Mr. Lyon has done over the year,” Carter said. “When I stepped in, in July, the schedules were done, the transportation requests were done, most of the ordering was done …
“Even though I hit the ground running, so to speak, it has allowed me to just step in and carry the baton and continue without a hiccup, hopefully.”
He will look to continue to provide the opportunity to give students the opportunity to play athletics.
“We want to make sure that all the students have an opportunity to participate in the activities and athletics of their choice and to try to expand those opportunities as much as possible,” Carter said.