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Chris Cartee, Rock Island High School athletic director, began his career as a police officer before becoming a teacher/coach and now an athletic director at Rock Island High School.
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ROCK ISLAND -- Chris Cartee walked away from Wartburg College with an education degree and plenty of high hopes. However, like many a college grad, he couldn't find a job in his field of choice.

"I wanted to be a physical education teacher and coach,'' Mr. Cartee said. "I wasn't getting any bites, and I knew I had to start making some money. I decided to look around and started taking police officer exams in that summer after my graduation.

"In August of that year, I was offered a job as a crisis interventionist in the Davenport School District, which I took. Still, I continued to pursue the law enforcement exams and, in November 1989, I was offered a position with the Cedar Falls Police Department. In January 1990, I started working there."

That didn't mean he lost his desire to teach and coach. In fact, he remained on as lead instructor for the Davenport schools' summer clinics and assistant baseball coach at Davenport Central.

Mr. Cartee remained in Cedar Falls for one year before taking a job at Per Mar for a couple of years. Then, he moved to the Bettendorf Police Department, where he found plenty of opportunities to use his teaching skills.

"The police job allowed me to stay in touch with education,'' he said. "I was an instructor in several areas and did a lot for field instruction, which is not a lot different from being in the classroom."

He also spent three years as a commander for the Quad-Cities Metropolitan Enforcement Group Unit. All the while, he was able to continue coaching his children and watch them grow up.

It was in his final year with the Bettendorf Police Department that Mr. Cartee finally got the break he was looking for.

"My last position with Bettendorf was as liaison officer at Bettendorf Middle School," he said. "I was at a crossroad in my life because I was No. 1 on the sergeant's list to be promoted, but being in a school made me start thinking about teaching and coaching again.

"I found out the guy whose job I was going to possibly get wasn't going to retire, so when a job came open in Bettendorf (schools) I took it. I'm so glad I made that decision."

The next school year, Mr. Cartee was offered a job being head baseball coach at Davenport West and a split teaching position between two Davenport elementary schools.

"I took that and never looked back at law enforcement," he said. "As soon as I got into teaching, I started working on my administrative degree. Once I got that, the athletic director's job at Davenport Central opened, and I got that.

"I had a great career in law enforcement. I was given some tremendous opportunities, and I have no complaints. At the same time, teaching and coaching was always my passion. Then, to have the opportunity at Central, that was like a dream come true. Here I was, a nine-time letter winner at Central, and now I'm running the athletic department."

The Davenport Central job was one he figured he'd never leave. However, two years ago, the job at Rock Island High School came open when Bob Swanson retired, and again, Mr. Cartee's interest was piqued.

"I really thought I'd be at Central for at least 20 years. It was the perfect place for me," Mr. Cartee said.

"Then, the job at Rocky opened up, and I couldn't help but go for it. ... Central is in Iowa, Rocky is in Illinois -- a great all-around athletic program with tremendous history and support. It was a new challenge for me, and I'm so glad I've been given this opportunity."







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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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