Cisar steps down as UL skipper

MORRISTOWN – It wasn’t that long ago that Mark Cisar wore many hats for Union Local High School.

Whether it was football coach, baseball coach, athletic director or teacher, Cisar was heavily involved with the Jets’ community.

He stepped down as football coach after last season, resigned as athletic director at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

On Thursday, he shed his final two Jets’ caps.

Cisar informed school officials that he was resigning as a teacher and as baseball coach after he accepted a newly created position at John Marshall.

“It’s a GED program that the school is just starting,” Cisar said. “It’s a very good opportunity and I jumped at the chance.”

Cisar will begin his position in Marshall County on Monday.

“I actually didn’t think I’d get the job, so I was excited when they called and offered it to me,” Cisar said. “It’s a pretty decent bump in salary and being able to take care of my family is one of my main objectives.”

There was some thought to trying to maintain his role as baseball coach, which he held for just one season.

However, the John Marshall school day doesn’t end until around 3:30 p.m., which would make the process too difficult.

“This move has nothing to do with coaching,” Cisar said. “I debated and looked into trying to continue to coach, but it just wouldn’t work out for me.”

The Jets’ baseball team finished under .500 with a fairly young cast, which made the decision to step down even more difficult for the ex-Magnolia High standout.

“We only had three seniors and we had nine freshmen who saw some time and a lot of talented juniors and sophomores,” Cisar said.