Mead athletic director Frank Buck changing roles due to health

Frank Buck

Frank Buck

Longtime athletic director Frank Buck is changing positions this school year in order to focus on his health.

Buck, who has been the athletic director at Mead for seven years, was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer in January. He's undergone a series of surgeries and chemotherapy, and is continuing treatment. But the demands of being an athletic director are too much, and so he is set to change jobs.

"I need to concentrate on my health," Buck said on Monday. "I really love my job, and the AD world. But it's all about my health. I've got to back off of that a little bit."

Buck, who has also been an athletic director at Longmont, will become an assistant principal at Coal Ridge Middle School in Firestone.

He said a reduced schedule this summer has already shown positive effects on his health.

"I'm battling, and I'll continue to do so," Buck said.

Chad Eisentrager will be the new athletic director at Mead.