Assistant Athletic Director Moves from Ball Diamond & Classroom to NDA Office

Assistant Athletic Director Moves from Ball Diamond & Classroom to NDA Office

Meghan Yakel, Staff Writer, Journalism

“The biggest attraction to come to NDA was the reputation that the school has with the hard-working students and their desire to be successful in the classroom, on the athletic fields and in the community,” said  Assistant Athletic Director Doug Coe, who assumed his new duties this fall. 

Mr. Coe has been a part of the NDA community for almost three years now, this year being his third one. Prior to working as the assistant athletic director, he was the head varsity baseball coach for his two years, even bringing the varsity team all the way to the WIAA Baseball State Championship and the state runner-up title in 2015.

Baseball is a humbling sport and I like to think that I learned just as much from the players as the players learned from me on the baseball field. Obviously getting to State was one of the best successes but seeing the guys improve and become better baseball players and young men are what I love about coaching,” he said.

The 6’6” coach, athlete and hard worker also has a soft side despite his above-average size. He married wife Marcie in summer of 2014 and they brought their beautiful daughter Kinsley into the world in January of this year. Marcie works at Karma Group, a marketing and advertising firm.

“Our family likes to travel and visit family. Our family members are spread out all over the country so we try to make a trip or two a year to visit. In my spare time I also like to cook and try new things as a family,” said Mr. Coe.

He is originally from Appleton and attended Appleton North High School. He grew up with two younger brothers and two parents who are now both retired police officers. One of the two younger brothers is a professional baseball player for the Saint Paul Saints in Minnesota, and the youngest brother is currently a student attending UW-Oshkosh.

Mr. Coe added, “My parents are both retired police officers so growing up I had many ‘parents.’”

As for really growing up, Coe attended Lawrence University and UW-Stevens Point for college. He graduated from UWSP with a degree in elementary education. He played professional baseball for three years before an injury took him away from playing the sport he loved, which made him find his way back to the classroom, becoming a substitute teacher for four years.

He then became a correctional officer at the Green Bay Maximum Security Prison and Outagamie County Jail until 2014. During this time he was hired as a teacher at Resurrection Catholic School.

“My favorite part of my job is working with the students.  Looking back on my time as a student, teachers and athletic directors were people that would do so much behind the scenes so that I can play the sports I love.  There is a lot of work to put on great events for our students, but I love every second of it and try to do extra things with games that add excitement and make the events even more memorable,” Mr. Coe said.