South Adams High School's head football coach Jason Arnold will be the new athletic director (AD) at the school. The schools' board unanimously approved hiring Arnold for the position at a special meeting on Tuesday (Steve Dobler was absent).
Arnold will resign from his coaching position at the end of the season and will take on full-time AD responsibilities beginning Monday, Sept. 24. He will serve in both capacities for about six weeks.
Arnold replaces Mike Pries, who resigned August 10. Pries was the schools' athletic director for six years. His resignation came the day after school administrators placed Pries on administrative leave when it was learned that Paul David Baker, 48, a friend of Pries', was a South Adams volunteer girls' basketball coach who was required to register as a sexually violent predator.
When Pries resigned, he was replaced on an interim basis by Rod McKee, a former assistant principal at the school. However, McKee resigned from the position shortly after being hired.
According to Superintendent Scott Litwiller, there were 24 applicants for the AD position. Eight of those applicants were interviewed.
Litwiller said, "I'm looking forward to working with him [Arnold]. I think he's shown good leadership."
Arnold, who attended Ball State University and has a degree in administration, said, "I've enjoyed my time here at South Adams. I've been made to feel very welcome and I'm excited to get involved with some of the programs that we have here. I'm looking forward to my time as AD."
Arnold was hired as the head football coach and a social studies teacher at South Adams five years ago. He is also a driver education teacher.
The school currently has no plans to hire an assistant AD, and the process has not yet begun to find a replacement for the head football coaching position.