By Tyler Ohmann
Little Falls Athletic Director, Jay DeCann, has stepped down from his post, just months after giving up the head football coaching duties.
DeCann handed in his resignation last week, after being accepted as the new Athletic Director in West Fargo, N.D., Thursday.
DeCann’s wife is from nearby Finley, N.D., and DeCann both attended and coached at nearby Mayville State University. Both of those factored into the decision for DeCann, along with his two kids, who will be attending school not too far away.
“It will be very nice to be closer to both my kids. Shelby is a freshman at the University of Mary in Bismarck and Josh will be a freshman at Mary next fall as well,” DeCann said. “We both have a lot of family and friends in that area.
“I also love to goose and duck hunt, and going back to North Dakota allows me to go hunting more than the two, four-day weekends you get with an out of state license,” DeCann continued.
DeCann begins in West Fargo, July 1. His last day in Little Falls is the day before, June 30.
The West Fargo area is also a factor, because DeCann said it is in a unique situation.
“The West Fargo Schools are one of the fastest growing school districts in the country and the opportunity I will have to be on the ground level with the district is very exciting,” DeCann said.
DeCann came to Little Falls in 2012 after 11 years in Melrose. He graduated high school from Osakis, but made the move to the Dakotas in college.
“In three short years, Jay left his mark on both the football team and the Activities Department,” said Little Falls Superintendant Stephen Jones.
The Little Falls School District said it will miss DeCann.
“Jay and his family will be missed and the LFCS wish him and his family nothing but the best of luck,” said Little Falls School Board supervisor, Brad Laager. “I have always respected the way Jay conducted himself and he will be a credit to the Fargo school system.”