BROOMFIELD — Turnover in Broomfield’s athletic department is rare.
The stability of coaches and support staff at the high school comes as little surprise, given the constant success of the Eagles’ athletic programs. The longevity the department has enjoyed overall, however, as of late has not translated over to one position — athletic director.
Presently, Broomfield is in the midst of selecting its fourth AD in the past 7 years.
It might appear to be out of place in a department blessed with a long-serving staff, but it’s hardly a trend that has Boulder Valley School District officials up in arms. From Michele DeBerry’s perspective, it is mainly a function of one of the school’s most recent administrators pursuing other opportunities within the district.
“Really, who knew that John Long was going to fall in love with being vice principal (at Louisville Middle School),” the BVSD athletic director said. “I think John pursuing that opportunity (in November) lends a lot to the feeling there’s been turnover at athletic director.”
The process of replacing Long — who was entering his third year — and interim athletic director Rod Beauchamp — who returned to coach Fairview girls basketball at the end of the school year — should end soon.
If there are no bumps in the road, DeBerry believes the school should have a hire recommendation by the second week of July. But she cautioned this is not a hard deadline and the hiring process could be extended.
Whittling down some 100 applicants to a new school administrator has moved at an impressive clip. The athletic director job was posted until June 12 and as of Wednesday a school-based hiring committee was doing the first round of interviews.
The committee — made up of faculty, coaches and parents — then submits its recommendations to Broomfield principal Ginger Ramsey and DeBerry. The administrators, along with the BVSD superintendent, deputy superintendent, and human resources director, then hold another interview on Thursday with a handful of candidates.
If all goes well, a finalist will emerge from these two rounds. From there, it is just a matter of due diligence in the school and district checking their background.
“We’d like to make a hire recommendation by next week,” DeBerry said. “But given it is the week of the Fourth of July, it actually might be closer to July 8.”
The town’s other high-profile athletic hire has a much longer timeline. Holy Family athletic director Ben Peterson is aiming to replace baseball coach Marc Cowell by September 1. But Peterson has also given himself some wiggle room for the process.
“Marc got things running for the lead-up to the season in October, so that would be our final, final call,” Peterson said.
The baseball coaching position opened up shortly after the Tigers won their second Class 3A state championship May 25. Cowell reluctantly let go of the team’s reins after 10 years due to the growing demands in his position as executive director of Longmont’s Tiny Tim Center.
Holy Family has already had a strong response to the opening with Peterson collecting 10 applications since the school posted the job June 11. The athletic director expects around a total of 75 candidates when the school moves to formal interviews in August.
The process, at that point, is similar to what Broomfield has in the works. Holy Family will assemble a selection committee from the school community to make recommendations. The final decision then comes down to Peterson and assistant principal Mike G. Gabriel.
“I’ve also reached out to Marc and would like him to help in the process,” Peterson said. “Anytime you have someone that knowledgeable, you want them involved — they know what’s best for the program and the kids.”
In each school’s case, finding the right person to fill the previous ones’ shoes is no easy task. In Holy Family’s situation alone, Peterson could not say enough about what sort of foundation Cowell left the Tigers.
“He took care of business,” he said. “If it snowed on game day, you knew Marc was going to be here shoveling. And he was completely invested in his program — spring, summer, fall and winter.”
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