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NDP Hires Mark Cisterna as Director of Athletics
Posted 06/07/2017 03:30PM


Mark Cisterna will take the helm as the director of athletics and lead the Saints' athletic department beginning July 1.

Cisterna is the current director of athletics for the Maricopa Unified School District and has more than 30 years of experience in education, administration, athletics and facilities management.

"Mark brings a wealth of experience with him," said NDP principal Jerry Zander. "His qualifications, strong faith and positive attitude make him a perfect fit for Notre Dame Prep."

Throughout his career, Cisterna worked at public schools fostering physical growth and a sense of fair play in the students he served. He is excited to work at Notre Dame Prep where he will have the opportunity to inspire student-athletes spiritually as well.

"I've never worked in a private school environment before and I'm excited about becoming a part of a school with a strong Catholic identity," Cisterna said. "I want to bring my experience to the school and contribute not just to the athletic programs, but to the school in general."

In its short school history, Notre Dame Prep has won 43 State Championships with Boys' Lacrosse being the most recent win on May 5. Cisterna has watched NDP evolve over the years. "I admire what NDP has become," he said. "I have the utmost respect for the school community and what they have accomplished is a short amount of time."

He said being a part of NDP is "something to be proud of."

Cisterna lives in Gilbert with his wife Sharon, a retired educator. They have two grown children. Their daughter Kourtenay is an elementary teacher in Gilbert and son Ryan is a baseball coach at Ottawa University in Surprise.

He belongs to the Newman Center at ASU.

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