The athletic director at Red Bud High School for the past nine years, Kevin Cartee has received one of his highest honors.
A native of East Alton, Cartee has been named as the Illinois Athletic Directors Association 2016 Class 1A-2A Athletic Director of the Year. Cartee, 53, received notice in January that he had been nominated for the honor and was recognized in an awards ceremony held at the IADA state conference in Peoria on April 30.
“I’ve known about it since January and while it’s a tremendous honor what really makes it special is that it comes because you are recognized by your peers,’’ Cartee said on Thursday. “What does this honor mean to me? It motivates me to do even more and become even better in helping young people to have the opportunities to participate in activities. Again, I’m very honored.’’
Cartee, who also serves as an assistant principal at Red Bud, has been instrumental in helping lead the improvements towards a new girls’ softball field, outdoor concessions stand and gymnasium. Cartee has also been involved in fundraising efforts for Red Bud High School athletics.
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Cartee has also been heavily involved in the IADA and has served as the business manager since 2011. He has also been an Athletic Director Mentor and has served on several committees related to the annual Athletic Directors Conference.
Red Bud Superintendent Jonathan Tallman said that Cartee is deserving of the award.
“Kevin has done a tremendous job of promoting the local businesses in the community to collaborate with the athletic program in the form of successful business sponsorships,’’ Tallman said. “In addition, Kevin has made it a special emphasis to recognize student-athletes for multiple participation in a variety of sports in a time where other schools are trying to combat specialization.’’
Cartee said that among his proudest accomplishments is just helping promote high school athletics
“I feel we’ve done a good job of giving student-athletes the opportunity to compete here at Red Bud,’’ Cartee said. “I’m also proud of our athletic facilities. For a small school our athletic facilities are very good.’’
A 1980 graduate of Wood River High School where he played baseball, Cartee moved attended Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville where he graduated with a degree in business administration in 1985.
Cartee began teaching in 1988 at Hazelwood, (Mo.) High School where he served as an assistant baseball and baseball coach and later became the head softball coach.
Cartee then moved on to East Alton-Wood River High School where he was a business education teacher, dean of students and athletic director. In addition, Cartee was an assistant basketball coach for 10 years and assistant baseball coach for four years at Wood River.
Cartee and his wife Angie live in Red Bud and have one son, Konner.