By Chris Chaney
Bethel-Tate High School has announced that they have hired Jerry Kombrinck to become their new athletic director and assistant principal, effective Aug. 1, 2013.
Kombrinck will be replacing Jonathan Loudermilk who held the position for the last year and has moved on to pursue other opportunities.
Kombrinck brings an extensive résumé of experience both in sports and administrative work to Bethel-Tate, where he expects to utilize both as he juggles between AD and assistant principal.
“I’ve got a principal’s license and an athletic background, so that’s the reason why I took the position,” Kombrinck said. “It gives me an opportunity to use both.”
Beginning his career as a teacher and coach at Moeller High School, Kombrinck wore his administrative hat as the president of the Southwest Ohio Coaches Association for track and cross-country. Aside from that, Kombrinck coached wrestling as well as becoming a school-wide strength and conditioning coach.
Following his time at Moeller, Kombrinck moved on to become the athletic director at Bishop Fenwick High School. While at Fenwick, he aided in curriculum and various other administrative duties.
“I reached a point in time where I got my master’s in sports management and I got a principal’s license and I decided that I wanted to move (from teaching and coaching) to administration,” he said.
Kombrinck capitalized on his education to become a professor of sports management at Wilmington College. Taking over dual roles at Bethel, Kombrinck will no longer teach at Wilmington due to the workload he is expecting.
“The situation was that (Bethel) was looking for someone who could fill both roles, (assistant principal and athletic director),” Kombrinck said of how he came to fill the job at Bethel. “It was a perfect marriage given that I have a background in both the principalship and athletics.”
Officially starting on Aug. 1, Kombrinck has already been in the office going through boxes and papers and trying to get settled in heading into the 2013-14 school year.
On the athletic side of things, Kombrinck is hoping to build up the program through the community.
“One of my goals is to build a very strong boosters association,” he said. “I would like to have a situation — and I did this at Fenwick — creating a whole model of committee systems and trying to utilize volunteer efforts so that we can get folks involved and excited about the sports here at Bethel-Tate.”
Kombrinck will be inheriting an athletic program on the rise with a handful of new coaches mixed with some experienced ones that are committed to growing Bethel into one of the top programs in the area.
Joining Kombrinck as newcomers in 2013-14 include new basketball coach Reggie Hall along with a new volleyball coach who is expected to be named soon. Kombrinck expects to hear from all of his coaches in the next few weeks when he starts his position in an official capacity and looks forward to working with them to create the best possible scenario for success.