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Sparta position a ‘dream job’ for new athletic director

Boerman ready to start new year

Sparta — There’s a new athletic director at the helm of Sparta Area Schools, and he’s ready to get the year started. 

Michael Boerman comes to Sparta with 20 years of experience in educational and athletic administration, most recently serving as the athletic director at White Cloud Public Schools. 

‘Sparta Area Schools has everything a student-athlete needs to compete and succeed on the playing field and in the classroom.’

— Athletic Director Michael Boerman

His career has also included five years as the Ford Fieldhouse director at Grand Rapids Community College, where he was also an adjunct instructor, and stops at Gogebic Community College and Newaygo High School.

Sparta welcomed Boerman into his new role on July 1.

Boerman will oversee the athletic department’s budget and day-to-day operations, along with supervising coaches. 

“I’m most excited to see all our kids back on campus, and I’m looking forward to watching our teams compete and develop as the seasons progress,” Boerman said. 

He said he brings a hands-on approach to his new role, and that getting to know students and their goals is his favorite part of working in education.

Boerman added he’s thrilled about his new posting, calling the position a “dream job.” 

“Sparta Area Schools has everything a student-athlete needs to compete and succeed on the playing field and in the classroom,” he said. “We have beautiful facilities, excellent teachers and coaches and all the community support one could ask for. 

“Given what our community has provided us at Sparta, I’d like to ensure that they see we’re making the most of what we’ve been given and churning out talented teams and confident, capable graduates.”

Boerman earned a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Western Michigan University, later obtaining a master’s degree in education and teaching certification from Aquinas College.

He and his wife of 11 years, Elizabeth, reside in Fremont with their four children.

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.


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