PITTSBURG — After over 35 years of service to the Pittsburg Family YMCA Jack Bache has passed his executive director duties to Mike Moore.
Don’t worry, Bache will still be around for a while yet. The two, Bache and Moore, and the YMCA Board of Directors have been working together to continue the Pittsburg Family YMCA’s mission.
“He’s a legend, he brought this thing from nowhere to somewhere,” Moore said. “We need him moving forward.”
Moore said Bache’s dedication to the mission “endeared” him to the position.
The Pittsburg YMCA has been around for over 125 years. It was created 11 years after the town was founded, as Pittsburg grew the Y followed suit.
Its home has changed, moving from one area of town to another until the 1982 where the current Y building stands.
A few additions have been added to the building since then, a fitness and gymnastics center.
The board and administrators discussed the Y’s accomplishments and changes needed at the facility with Moore.
Some things are still in the works, however, Moore said people will be able to see changes at the Y in a matter of weeks.
A building committee has been created to take on the task “to develop plan for the phasing of facility improvements and updates,” Moore said in his newsletter.
“They will begin to build a long term plan,” he said.
A software package will be set up for the Y to help it run more efficiently, effectively and to control access to the facility.
When this goes into effect, Moore said, Y members will be required to scan their identification cards before entering the facility.
To assist with this, the Y has updated its wi-fi. Moore said this will help staff communicate more efficiently with each other.
Within the next 30 days the Y will launch its new website. The updated website will allow for sign-ups and payments online.
Moore said the Y is on a service plan for exercise equipment which will receive quarterly or semi-annual cleaning and adjustments depending on the type of equipment.
There will also be facility updates. One of which will be a changing the layout of the lobby. Specific updates will be announced at a later date as they are planned.
To receive feedback from the staff and community, Moore will be sending out a survey which will also be announced at a later date.
Moore traveled to Pittsburg, from North Dakota, where he served as the athletic director at Mayville State University in Mayville, North Dakota, and 10 years as director of the Mayville State University and Community Wellness Center. Moore has experience in athletic fundraising and insurance and investment industry.
“I had been in North Dakota for 30 years and it was great, and my home for a long time and I had lots of good friends,” Moore said.
During his time at MSU he lead an effort to assist in increasing enrollment through athletics. It grew over 55 percent and a $6 million dollar facility upgrade followed to accommodate the new students. He also established a corporate advertising and sponsorship program called “Victory Program” which generated up to an additional $70,000 a year for the athletic department.
Previous to directing he was a head football coach at MSU. He also played football as a quarterback at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
By coming to Pittsburg, Moore said he is now a little closer to his hometown, Pryor, Oklahoma.
He received a bachelor of science in business education at Fort Hays State University and a masters in physical education and sports administration at the University of North Dakota.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.