Kim Johnson named Valley’s interim athletic director


Friday, April 8, 2022 | 4:26 PM

Kim Johnson has spent the previous 30 years educating the scholars of the New Kensington-Arnold College District.

Whether or not it was concerning the intricacies of biology or correct method within the backstroke, she has made an affect on numerous college students who’ve handed by way of the halls of Valley Excessive College.

For no less than the remainder of the college 12 months, she is going to tackle a complete new problem the place she will proceed to attach together with her college students.

On Tuesday evening, the New Kensington-Arnold faculty board members voted to call Johnson because the district’s interim athletic director. She replaces Muzzy Colosimo, who resigned in March.

“Kim was chosen for her fame working with our college students and athletes in an exemplary method as each a trainer and a coach,” Superintendent Chris Sefcheck stated. “She spent an unlimited period of time making ready a plan that addressed a number of the present points now we have been experiencing in our athletic division. Her impartiality and work ethic, coupled together with her perfectionism was a logical match.

“We noticed the advantages of getting somebody that may be a robust character and laser imaginative and prescient centered.”

Johnson, who teaches ninth grade honors biology and AP biology and in addition is Valley’s varsity swim coach, will serve within the place by way of July 1 at a wage of $7,500.

She stated athletics has been a part of her life for so long as she will bear in mind. Her father was a wrestling coach and her mom was the pinnacle wrestling pairer in three Olympics. She was a swimmer all through her childhood. She additionally raised youngsters who performed faculty baseball and softball.

“Household get-togethers principally concerned the mechanics of how sports activities are administered, superior and promoted,” she stated. “I believed I’d be capable of convey a few of that data (as athletic director).”

Johnson will oversee New Kensington-Arnold’s eight sports activities groups this spring, together with varsity and junior varsity baseball and softball, in addition to boys tennis and observe and area. The district additionally sponsors junior excessive baseball and softball and women volleyball within the spring season.

“As a trainer, (my objectives are) imparting the utmost quantity of knowledge to my college students in manner that’s helpful and relevant to them,” she stated. “Because the athletic director, (it’s) to require all of our student-athletes to place their schooling first, to construct integrity and sportsmanship all through all sports activities groups, to reinforce the connection between neighborhood, sports activities groups and the college district normally. (And) to enhance the communications between the athletic division and the scholars/mother and father.”

Johnson plans to proceed educating along with her duties as athletic director. She additionally stated she can be desirous about persevering with within the place previous this faculty 12 months if the chance arises.

She stated she hopes to make use of a few of her expertise as a trainer in her new place.

“As a trainer, we’re the directors of our classroom,” she stated. “We decide the environment and expectations of our college students on daily basis. We’re liable for the curriculum and scholar outcomes each day. Why ought to athletics be any completely different?”

Invoice Hartlep is the sports activities editor of the Tribune-Evaluation. You may contact Invoice at [email protected] or by way of Twitter @BHartlep_Trib.

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