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Athletic Director to step down at end of June

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Jake Pfeiffer
Athletic Director Chris Kirkpatrick watches over Red & White Night on Aug. 19, 2022. Kirkpatrick will be stepping down from his position on June 30.

Central Athletic Director Chris Kirkpatrick is stepping down from his position at the end of June. 

Kirkpatrick joined Central in July 2022 after serving as the Athletic Director at Woodstock High School.

“I have three young kids and this job tends to be a lot of hours,” Kirkpatrick said. “I live over an hour and 15 minutes away. It was a hard decision, but I had to do what’s best for my family.”

During Kirkpatrick’s time as Athletic Director, Central has seen 2 individual state champions from its athletes and boys soccer’s first-ever state championship in the fall of 2022.

“There are lots of immediate positives that Kirkpatrick was able to bring based on his experience,” Principal Jackie Thornton said.

Under Kirkpatick, Central athletics has seen the addition of new scoreboards in the pool and main gym, alongside other improvements.

“Some traditions like state walk and [Redhawk ELITE] are some of the things I’m most proud of,” Kirkpatrick said.

Not all of Kirkpatrick’s improvements have been as public as the scoreboards, according to Thornton. He has also implemented coaches making clear criteria for cut sports readily available, held monthly meetings with coaches and implemented professional learning opportunities for coaches.

Central is currently in the search for a new athletic director and hopes to have a position approved by the Board of Education in late May.

“This is a great place and the kids here are great as well,” Kirkpatrick said. “I know it’s always something that will be close to my heart, being here was a great opportunity.”

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Jay Deegan
Jay Deegan, Print Managing Editor
Jay Deegan is a Junior at Central and happy to start his third year of journalistic adventures at the Central Times. Jay loves writing features and diving in-depth into issues that plague our community. In his free time Jay runs a freelance videography and photography business and loves to creatively express his interests in sports and filmmaking. If you’d like to join CT or have a tip, reach out!
Jake Pfeiffer
Jake Pfeiffer, Editor-in-Chief
Jake Pfeiffer is a senior, entering his third year on the Central Times staff, this time as Editor-in-Chief. Jake joined CT as a sophomore because he wanted to write news, but since then he has grown to love just about every element of journalism. While it is rare to see Jake anywhere other than the CT office, occasionally you can find him captaining Central’s debate team, watching baseball, listening to a seemingly endless amount of podcasts or drowning in college applications.
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