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New Carlynton athletic director Nathan Milsom looking to bring success to Cougars sports

| Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 8:48 p.m.
Nathan Milsom was Carlynton's assistant athletic director for nearly three years before being promoted to the athletic director role. Randy Jarosz | Signal Item
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Nathan Milsom was Carlynton's assistant athletic director for nearly three years before being promoted to the athletic director role. Randy Jarosz | Signal Item

Things seem a bit chaotic in the Carlynton athletic department office. Jerseys are scattered across the room, the phone is ringing regularly and coaches are in and out with questions and concerns.

Just part of the daily routine for new athletic director Nathan Milsom.

“At first it felt overwhelming,” Milsom said. “But I am getting in the routine. I don't have an assistant yet but my secretary has been helping a lot.”

Milsom was promoted to the athletic director position last month after serving as assistant athletic director for nearly three years.

Milsom replaced Dave Oddi who was relived of his duties by the Carlynton School Board over the summer.

Milsom said he had thought about becoming an athletic director for some time. He recently completed getting his masters degree in sports management at California University of Pennsylvania in anticipation of making the jump into an AD role.

Milsom also holds a bachelors degree in business teaching from Robert Morris, where he was a member of the football team.

Milsom has been involved with Carlynton since 2005. Starting in 2005, he began a nearly six-year stay as a long-term subsititue in business classes.

He slowly began getting involved with the sports programs. He would be the announcer at soccer games, served on the coaching staff of the football team and became the track coach. In 2009, he was named assistant athletic director.

“I always was around and knew how things ran,” Milsom said. “So (Oddi) hired me to be his right hand man when he wasn't around.”

Spending seven years at Carlynton has given Milsom a list of goals he hopes to achieve while he is serving as athletic director.

Gettin more kids to participate in sports at Carlynton is a priority for Milsom. The school offers 20 sports for student to partake in but some sports have struggled to bring out athletes.

“I know for me growing up, my grades were better during football season because I was on a set schedule,” Milsom said. “We have a lot of kids here at Carlynton who participate in sports but I want to see more kids come out.”

Milsom said one priorty he has is to see some of the facilities be updated. If some of the updates happen, he expects to see some more kids come out for different teams.

“With the better facilities, it gives kids more school spirit and something they can take pride in,” Milsom said.

Milsom will face the task of getting the right coaches into coaching positions at Carlynton. In the past year alone, Carlynton has had to replace coaches with boys and girls basketball and boys and girls soccer.

“I want the revolving door to stop,” Milsom said. “It looks bad for the teams and the district. I want coaches who want to be here and will be here year after year. I want coaches who are here when a athlete comes in as a freshman and leaves as a senior. If a new coach comes in every year and teams have to learn a new system, they become disinterested. I want someone to drive the kids.”

Milsom said that many teachers and employees within the walls of Carlynton have expressed intrest in coaching positions.

“I think with more in-house coaches we have, it will help numbers and discipline,” Milsom said.

The improvements Milsom hopes to make in the Carlynton athletic department will go towards his top priority. Milsom said he wants Carlynton to go from the place coaches want to leave to the place coaches want to be.

“I want Carlynton back on the map,” Milsom said. “I want people to think of pride and tradition when they think about Carlynton athletics. I want people to recognize and know what it is all about.”

Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at or 412-388-5813.

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