Manny Alvarado

Ontario High School Athletic Director Manny Alvarado, middle right, talks with Fran Halcom, left, Angie Navarrete, middle left, and Ontario softball coach Jeff Young during a meeting at the Ontario Middle School softball fields on Oct. 10.

ONTARIO — After 10 years at the helm, Ontario High School Athletic Director Manny Alvarado will be stepping down at the end of the school year.

Alvarado emailed a letter to his fellow staff members about his intent to resign on Feb. 8. He said he is planning to return to Alvarado Jewelers full time after the spring seasons are over. For the past decade, Alvarado Jewelers has been run by Alvarado’s wife as he had to devote all of his time to the high school.

“We’ll just see what happens and how things go,” Alvarado said. “I had no idea that I would be here in this job. So we’ll just see what happens. I have no idea what the future holds for me.”

Alvarado said his decision to leave the Tigers this year was due to the amount of work it takes to be an effective athletic director.

“I feel like I had done all I can do here,” Alvarado said. “Just the time and the energy that this job takes. It requires a tremendous amount of energy to do it the right way… And I didn’t want to have any regrets when it was my time to go. I wanted to know that when I left, I was still giving it everything I had. My wife and I reevaluated it every year. Are all the hours and the stress and all the things that come with it worth it now?”

While Alvarado has two children of his own, he said the most rewarding part of being the athletic director has been watching the children of Ontario School District grow up through and become young adults.

“That’s the best part of my job. There are great kids here, and I get to see them grow up,” Alvarado said. “They walk in as freshmen and they’re nervous. But then they grow up and that’s so cool. You get to watch those kids, and hopefully you have a positive impact somewhere. It’s very rewarding. Everybody should have that opportunity to be a part of this.”

Alvarado also said he liked his peers and the coaches at the school, which have helped him along the way.

“You have to surround yourself with good people that will help you do things,” Alvarado said. “The hardest part of the job is finding those new coaches. And getting people to come here.”

Alvarado said he was unsure what the timetable would be like moving forward with the hiring process for Ontario High School. He said when he was hired in 2009, he was brought on in mid-March so he could alongside Trever Wilson in the spring before Wilson left at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.

The Ontario School Board’s next scheduled meeting is on Feb. 25.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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