New Eagan YMCA director returns to beginnings

Mike Lavin
Mike Lavin

After building an 18-year career at local YMCAs, Mike Lavin was hired earlier this month as director of the Eagan YMCA.

“I’m excited to be given an opportunity to come back to Eagan where it all started,” he said.

Lavin will also serve as district director and oversee operations at the West St. Paul and Hastings YMCAs.

The Hastings resident previously worked as executive director at the Hastings YMCA where he oversaw the creation of that location.

As executive director, Lavin led a successful $4.5 million campaign to establish the Hastings YMCA, which opened in September 2007.

Lavin also created the first YMCA youth sports camp in Hastings.

Shortly after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a bachelor’s in secondary education and speech communication, Lavin began his career at the Eagan YMCA in 1994 as the site director of its school-age child care program.

In that role, Lavin expanded YMCA’s program throughout the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District.

The program currently serves 1,600 students per day.

Prior to working at the Eagan YMCA, Lavin had aspired to become a teacher, but quickly fell in love with his new job.

“I learned about the impact the YMCA can make on children and families and felt it was my calling,” he said.

In 1998, Lavin became the Eagan YMCA’s youth development director and oversaw its sports and teen programs.

As youth development director, Lavin oversaw the creation of four YMCA youth sports camps in Eagan.

“It gave kids an opportunity to participate in that and expand their sports offerings,” he said.

By 2000, he was promoted to executive director of the Eagan YMCA.

Five years later, Lavin decided to oversee the Hastings YMCA.

Lavin serves on a number of community boards that relate to youth obesity  prevention and sports. He most recently served on Hastings Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Hastings Baseball Board of Directors.

Although he is returning to the Eagan YMCA, Lavin said he and his wife, Laurie, plan to remain in Hastings so their two teenage children can graduate from Hastings High School.