When current Mount View High School athletic director Dan Fitzpatrick announced last year his plans to retire at the end of the 2009-10 school year, that set in motion the search for his replacement. That search ended Monday night.

After an extensive selection process, Chuck Karter was selected as the school’s next athletic director in a vote by the Maine School Administrative District 3 School Board Monday.

Karter had to compete in what MSAD 3 Superintendent Joe Mattos described as a “very selective” application process that included 31 applicants. Only seven of those who applied were interviewed for the position.

For Karter, the position is an opportunity to help young people. He was interested in the position, he said, because, “for me, it is an opportunity to continue the mission of working with kids. I love athletics and I love being an administrator.”

The new Mustang athletic director lives in Fairfield and had previously worked as the chief operations officer at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. According to a recent story in The Morning Sentinel, Karter was one of three full-time employees and 10 part-time employees laid off from the Center in March as part of a money-saving effort.

Karter said he has been a coach at all age levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade and has even coached adults. He said he also has worked with families and booster clubs. Karter said his daughter and son are both “highly involved” in high school athletics.

A more extensive story on Karter will appear in the future.

The Republic Journal Editor Steve Fuller contributed to this story. VillageSoup sports staff can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at sports@villagesoup.com.