Wednesday, January 21, 2009

New Athletic Director announced

At the Jan. 21 monthly board meeting of the School District of Lancaster, Superintendent Pedro Rivera announced the promotion of John Mitchell, Dean of Students at the Lafayette Elementary School, to become the District's Athletic Director.

Mitchell currently also serves as the varsity wrestling coach for McCaskey High School.

His new assignment will commence on February 2nd.

According to information obtained over the course of the search, there were several qualified candidates under consideration.

Mitchell will face a multiyear challenge in rebuilding a program that, until Rivera's arrival, had for several years been ignored and neglected by the superintendent's office, despite steadily deteriorating performances by McCaskey's teams.

His biggest problem will be persuading under qualified coaches to accept training from professionals or to recruit accomplished replacements.