LONGMONT — The doors opened swiftly for Andrea McBreen and Jeremy Burmeister.
As a result, Longmont High School’s athletic programs are under new leadership just a couple weeks before the school year begins.
Burmeister was recently named the new athletic director and an assistant principal for LHS, taking over as AD for McBreen, who opted to reduce her duties at the school and hopefully spend more time with her family.
It was quite a sudden change, with McBreen just about to enter her sixth year as AD at Longmont. But when a position opened just within the past month that allowed her to focus on her administrative role as assistant principal, she could not pass it up.
“We had an opening in our administration to be an AP and not an AP/AD, and (principal) Rick (Olsen) offered that to me,” McBreen said. “I got remarried in November, and I have two stepdaughters that are young. It was a perfect opportunity for me to focus on a new challenge and have a little bit more time with my family.”
Burmeister, too, was readying himself for another year as athletic director at Highland High School in Ault. After four years as AD and seven years at the school overall, including time as an assistant basketball and football coach, the chance to move to a bigger program was very enticing.
The gleam of Longmont’s strong history is also something Burmeister wanted to be a part of.
“One of the things I was really excited about with Longmont is the pride and tradition in all their programs, not just athletics but in all their activities,” Burmeister said. “The emphasis on academics is strong. It’s good to be around solid programs like that.
“I really enjoy being visible and I’m looking forward to getting to know the kids and the community.”
In 2013-14, the Trojans had sustained playoff runs in volleyball, basketball and baseball. Additionally, several players signed Division I scholarships and dozens moved on to college athletics in some capacity.
Burmeister said he will be glad to lend his voice to students in the recruiting process as well as try to comply with the day-to-day needs of every sport the school has to offer.
“It’s important to be able to help kids try and figure out where they want to go and what they want to do,” he said. “I’ll work the best I can with coaching staffs on those types of things to do what’s best for kids.”
Interestingly, McBreen began her professional career at Highland High, too.
“My coaches are in great hands with Jeremy,” she said.
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