PHS searches for new asst. principal/athletic director

Release Date: 
Friday, March 23, 2012

Pendleton High School is searching for a new administrator who will serve as an assistant principal and athletic director for the school of about 900 students.

Current Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Mitch Sanders will begin teaching physical education while continuing as head football coach at the high school, beginning July 1. Sanders has served in his administrative position at PHS for the past three years.

PHS Principal Tom Lovell said that while Sanders did a “great job” as athletic director, serving as an athletic director and school administrator, while also trying to head coach an athletic team, is a daunting task. Athletic directors oversee all athletics and activities at the high school, and part of the role of assistant principal is student discipline, both of which are time-consuming.

“It’s difficult to be an administrator and an athletic director and a head football coach all at the same time,” Lovell said. “We talked about it and decided it had to be one or the other. Mitch and I agreed it’s better for our kids that he remain our football coach.”

PHS has had three different head football coaches in the last eight years. Lovell said it can be difficult for student athletes to have so many coaching changes during their high school careers, so keeping Sanders in that role made sense.

The Pendleton School District has started the hiring process to fill the assistant principal/athletic director position. Applications are available on the District’s web site and are due April 13. The District hopes to have the position filled by April 27 with a start date of Aug. 1.

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