COLUMBUS – After 39 years of service, Jack Gutierrez is stepping down as athletic director of Central Community College.
CCC announced Gutierrez’s retirement on Thursday, and volleyball coach Mary Young has been appointed as interim athletic director. Gutierrez joined CCC in July of 1980 as the men’s basketball and golf coach, and became athletic director in 1992.
As athletic director, Gutierrez oversaw the addition of men’s and women’s soccer, and the return of golf and women’s basketball. Gutierrez also established the CCC Athletic Hall of Fame, implemented all-star games, and directed facilities improvements.
“My 39 years at Central Community College have been rewarding as well as challenging,” said Gutierrez. “Working with 18, 19 and 20 year old college students requires lots of patience and understanding. I am proud to have touched, in some way, every student that I was associated with.”
“Jack’s commitment to CCC student athletes has positively affected them both on the field of play and in life,” said CCC-Columbus President Dr. Kathy Fuchser. “His loyalty and dedication to the community is immeasurable.”
Gutierrez will officially retire on May 31, and Young will assume her role as interim athletic director on June 1.