Jessica Gatica said that growing up in sports, she always wanted to be an athletic director.
Estancia High has given her that chance, announcing Thursday that Gatica is the new girls' athletic director.
Gatica, who has been the Eagles girls' soccer coach for the last two years and will stay on in that role, takes over for Jeff Perry, who is sliding to an activities director role at the school.
"Growing up in sports my whole life and going to Mater Dei, the athletic director was someone who was always around and helping," said Gatica, 27. "I was really excited to apply at Estancia and the fact that I got it, I'm completely thrilled."
Gatica plans to continue substitute teaching in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, which she has been doing the past two years. However, she now has her teaching credential and she said she's hopeful that a full-time teaching position will open up at Estancia soon.