The Board of Directors of the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) announce the upcoming retirement of Athletic Director Mark Courtney on June 30, 2022. Mark is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement that will include spending time with his family, meeting friends for breakfast and lunch, and traveling.
Mark began his career at the CAA nearly 45 years ago, in October of 1977. During his tenure, he has served as the face of the association for more than 250,000 student athletes; 35,000 volunteer coaches; and thousands of officials. He scheduled more than 125,000 interscholastic contests; developed more than 2,500 playoff brackets; implemented our Swimming program; welcomed new Athletic Directors to the organization; and helped plan our annual Golf Tournament fundraiser. He welcomed new and returning coaches by conducting hundreds of pre-season meetings and recruited new referees by hosting clinics. Mark’s enormous contributions have touched many Catholic and parochial schools in our St. Paul Metro area.
Our entire association has benefited from Mark’s leadership and his passion for ensuring that every athlete and team gets a chance to compete. The CAA regular season schedules, playoffs, and tournaments are seamlessly executed year after year - evidence that Mark made it a priority to give generously of his time, expertise, and experience. Many of our longest-serving officials are friends of Mark’s that never hesitate to take his phone calls.
Mark’s many achievements were celebrated when he was welcomed into our Catholic Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2016. All of us at the CAA will miss talking to Mark daily and will never forget his many contributions to our programs. Please join us in wishing Mark all the best in his retirement. Here’s to seeing him in the stands continuing to cheer on our CAA athletes!
Read more about Mark Courtney in Dave Wright's August 3, 2022 column in the Villager: https://myvillager.com/2022/08/03/caa-director-steps-down-after-45-years.