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Interim Athletics & Activities Director Announced

Cambridge-Isanti High School is excited to announce Mr. Matt Braaten as the Interim Athletics and Activities Director for Cambridge-Isanti Schools effective Jul 1, 2022. Mr. Braaten is a longtime teacher, coach, and community member — heavily involved in Cambridge-Isanti youth programs through high school athletics for more than 20 years. He will fill the role being vacated by the retirement of Mark Solberg who has served our students and community for 42 years.

“Mr. Braaten is a servant leader,” Principal Steve Gibbs said. “Always among the first to volunteer, he has never met a job he did perform to the very best of his ability; he gives his whole self in service to others. He understands that it is the little things that make a big difference. He has strong communication and organizational skills, which are essential to this position. Most of all, he is dedicated to our Bluejacket values and district mission to develop well-rounded individuals who excel in leadership, achieve at the highest levels, and are responsible citizens.”

“I am very excited to continue to promote the achievements of our students, coaches, and advisors of Cambridge - Isanti High School,” says Braaten. “After 22 years of teaching and coaching in the school district, I am looking forward to using my abilities to lead the department in a direction that celebrates its past and also prepares it for future success. Being involved in the community has been a passion of mine and now I will be able to cast that net further. My parents instilled in me a strong sense of service to the community and its youth, and I am eager to take on this role where I can continue this legacy. Go Big Blue!”

Mr. Braaten joined the Cambridge-Isanti Schools in 2000 as a middle school teacher and has taught math, reading, social studies, and technology. Highly respected by his colleagues, Mr. Braaten earned the Cambridge-Isanti Schools Employee of the Year (2004), Bluejacket Way Above and Beyond Award (2018), Cambridge-Isanti Teacher of Excellence (2021), and ECMECC Teacher of Excellence (2021), in addition to serving on the Building Instructional Leadership Team at CMS and the District Technology Advisory Committee — all while also coaching three sports a year.  

In the athletics arena, he has served as a middle school coach for basketball, baseball, and football; as a high school varsity assistant football and baseball coach; and served the community through his involvement with scouting and the Cambridge-Isanti competitive athletic associations for football and baseball. In 2021, he was honored by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association as Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year.

“Matt has a tireless work ethic and volunteers with enthusiasm,” said Superintendent Nate Rudolph. “Colleagues describe him as intelligent, perceptive, responsible, and dedicated. ‘When he is assigned responsibilities, you know it will be done correctly and with enthusiasm,’ one colleague wrote. He understands that trust is earned through hard work and service to others. We are so confident that our activities program will continue to earn high levels of #Jacketpride under Mr. Braaten’s leadership.”

The CIHS athletics and activities program involves more than 80% of our student body at CIHS. The selection process for this important position included screening interviews and on-campus interviews for finalists who participated in panel interviews with students, staff, and community members. 

Mr. Braaten will serve in an interim role this year while working toward the necessary certification required for the position. We are looking forward to a smooth transition of leadership in athletics and activities in the coming months. It’s a great day to be a Bluejacket!