Kosydar leaves, but full-time AD position will stay at Warwick

By on November 20, 2013

In the wake of John Kosydar stepping down as Warwick’s athletic director, effective last Friday, Nov. 8, questions have surfaced as to whether that position would be eliminated.

Just a few miles down the road, Manheim Township’s assistant principal for student activities and facilities John Loose has taken over the AD’s duties as part of his job.

Warwick Superintendent Dr. April Hershey, though, quickly put that question to rest. She said its important for Warwick to offer its students not just academics, but athletics and arts, as experiences to prepare them as citizens in the global world.

“That was never our intention (to eliminate the athletic director’s position),” Hershey said. “Certainly whenever someone resigns from a position, particularly in administration, you always look to see what are your needs when you have the opportunity to make changes. However, we feel very strongly here at Warwick that our athletics are something that we’re very committed to and we believe we need a full-time administrator for those programs at this time.”

A phone call by the Lititz Record Express to Kosydar seeking comment went unreturned.

Due to it being a personnel matter, Hershey declined to comment further.

Interviews were being conducted at Warwick last week to find a replacement for Kosydar. The Warwick School Board approved Kosydar’s resignation at its meeting on Tuesday night.

“We are interviewing this week for a full-time athletic director to replace that position,” Hershey said last Thursday, “and we’re hoping to have somebody in that position as soon as possible.”

The salary for Warwick’s AD position falls in a range of $65,500 as a minimum and $88,600 as a maximum.

Depending on who is ultimately hired for the position, the timetable could be affected. If the person currently works in another school district, it could be 60 days until he or she is in place at Warwick.

“There is a rule that allows for a 60-day hold until the other district can find someone to replace that person,” Hershey said. “We’re trying to find the best candidate. If it is an outside person, we’ll work with the school district from where they’re coming to get them here as soon as possible. If it’s an in-house person, we’ll have to look at who that is and what their responsibilities are and how we can make that transition.”

During the interim, in-house personnel are currently filling the Warwick athletic director’s duties, which are many.

“The AD has administrative responsibility for all athletics here at the school and also in some cases, assist with other extra-curricular activities,” Hershey said. “Now that we have activity fees, that person oversees the colletion and administration of those fees. They serve on the L-L League Athletic Directors group, as well as with PIAA. So there’s scheduling of events, there is management at events, there is work with coaches, there’s training involved. There’s a lot that goes into that Athletic Director position.”

Kosydar was hired at Warwick in May, 2005 to replace long-time AD Terry Kauffman. Prior to coming to Warwick, Kosydar earned a bachelor of arts degree in sports medicine from Messiah College, where he also received his teaching certification, then served as the head athletic trainer at Donegal High School from 1995-2000. From there, he went on to become the head athletic trainer and a health & physical education teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School in Princeton Junction, N.J. from 2000-2001, then returned to the L-L League in 2001, working until 2005 as the assistant athletic director and a health & physical education teacher at Solanco.

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