First, Joseph Gerics resigned as school principal to accept a job at another school.

Now, Matt Micros has stepped down as athletic director after four years.

"I enjoyed my time as athletic director," Micros said. "But I think this is the best move for me. My time was really stretched in the past few years. This frees me up to have a social life. I'm definitely going to miss it because I thought we turned some of the programs around. But this was a good move for me."

Micros cited the field hockey and girls basketball programs as having greatly improved.

He hired field hockey coach Melissa Nadeau, who took the Mustangs to their best season in years. Nadeau was named News-Times coach of the year.

Girls basketball coach Joe Brady has amassed some of the best players in the South-West Conference and could be a considerable force in the conference.

But Micros' best hire may be himself. This season's girls soccer team is likely to be named either No. 1 or 2 in the preseason state soccer poll.

Micros nearly didn't return to Immaculate, but accepted a part-time position teaching algebra and will remain the girls soccer coach.

"I think the kids will be grateful because I won't be coming to practice in a bad mood," Micros said. "This frees me up to focus more on coaching this year."

Micros also is one of the top coaches in the state.

"I coach an 18-year-old team," he said.

"Of the girls on the team, 13 or 14 of them are being recruited by colleges. I need the time to help them out. I can really use that, "he said.

"I'm glad everything worked out the way it did. I'm glad that I'm going to be back for the kids. I'm looking forward to coaching this year. Immaculate did a lot for me to come back," he added.

"The teaching position was basically for my benefit. They wanted to make it happen. I'm going to miss being the athletic director, but I'm very excited to be back."