Little Falls Schools has new dean of students and co-athletic director

DeCann will also be replacing Aaron Sinclair as head varsity coach

By Tina Snell, Staff Writer

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Jay DeCann is one of a few new faces people will see in the Little Falls Schools. Coming from Melrose, DeCann has been hired as the dean of students in the Little Falls Community Middle School (LFCMS) and as the varsity head football coach for the Little Falls Community High School. He will also share the duties of district activities coordinator with Aaron Sinclair.

Jay DeCann is a new face in the Little Falls School District. He will be the dean of students at the Little Falls Community Middle School and the varsity head football coach. He will also share the duties of activities director with Aaron Sinclair.

“I will be part of the administration team working with staff, principals and others. My job will have to do with the discipline of the students. It’s a similar job to an assistant principal,” said DeCann.

Right now, DeCann is getting his feet wet, meeting staff and other administrators. He said both he and his family are excited to be moving to Little Falls.

DeCann received his four-year degree from Mayville State University in North Dakota and his master’s degree in physical education at Northern State University.

His work history includes  three years in Montevideo as a physical education and health teacher, football coach and assistant track coach.  DeCann was also the school/work coordinator. He then spent 11 years in Melrose with the same duties as Melrose, minus the school/work coordinator.

DeCann’s wife, Wendy, and he have two children. Shelby, 17, is a junior and is into swimming and golfing, but a shoulder injury has put her on the sidelines lately. To take up the extra time she has, Shelby has become the manager for the Flyers football team. Josh, 15, is a sophomore and is into golf, football and basketball.

Wendy owned and operated a home day care for 15 years and recently graduated with an elementary education degree from Bemidji State University. She will be teaching second grade with the Little Falls School District.

DeCann said he and Josh love to hunt and attend as many college football games as they can.

“It doesn’t really matter who is playing, we love to watch college football,” he said.

The two women in the family are into scrapbooking and crafts. The four enjoy just hanging out with each other.

DeCann has had several summer camp events with the Flyers football team and he said he likes how the players work, their passion and their enthusiasm.

“I am really looking forward to this year,” he said.