Effective Feb. 16, Patrick L. Dieter will be retiring as director of athletics and facilities for South Middleton School District.
School board members voted unanimously Monday to accept with regret the resignation of Dieter who worked about 35 years with the district, including two stints as its athletic director.
David Shields, an English teacher at Boiling Springs High School, has been the assistant athletic director for about 20 years under a separate extra duty contract, said Matthew Ulmer, operations and business manager.
In the past, Shields has worked as the district game manager mostly for the fall and winter sports seasons, acting Superintendent Bruce Deveney said. “Not so much the spring.”
The district will be looking for someone, if not Shields, to work as the game manager during the upcoming spring season, Deveney said. He said high school principal Joel Hain and assistant principal Mark Correll will split the administrative duties of athletic director until a permanent replacement for Dieter is found by the start of the 2018-19 school year.
Dieter will stay on as coach of the varsity boys’ basketball team for the rest of its season, Deveney said. Ulmer said Dieter is on a separate coaching contract.
Dieter was the district athletic director for many years until he expressed a desire to return to the classroom as a high school government teacher, board member Michael Berk said. He said Dieter’s students used to attend school board meetings for extra credit.
“When we need someone to step up and help us, he came back out of the classroom and back into this department,” Berk said. “He helped us to rejuvenate the [athletic] department. We are grateful for all the years of service he has given us both as a teacher and as athletic director.”
Dieter is considered one of the deans of basketball coaches in this area, board president Randy Varner said. “He is universally respected.”
The board in early July 2012 appointed Dieter to the position of athletic director to replace Scott Govern, who had resigned that June.