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Czerwinski leaves West York to take job as Manheim Twp. AD
Roger Czerwinski has been named the new athletic director for the Manheim Township School District.
Czerwinski had been the athletic director for the West York Area School District.
Czerwinski was also the varsity baseball coach for the Bulldogs for the past seven seasons before stepping down in June to spend more time with his family. At that time, he said he still planned on being the AD for West York. However, the opportunity to take the AD position at Manheim Township was one that he felt he couldn't let pass.
"(Tuesday) was actually my first day at Manheim Township," Czerwinski said. "There was a position that presented itself and I explored the options and felt as though it's a good move for me professionally and certainly for my family."
It should be worth noting that the head coaching position for Manheim Township's varsity baseball team is open. Longtime coach Bill Sassaman resigned back in May after 23 seasons as the head coach for the Blue Streaks after the school administration informed him that his contract would not be renewed. In total, he spent 31 years with the program, becoming the school's all-time wins leader with 339.
Czerwinski, however, said he has no interest in getting back into coaching baseball at the moment and is "hanging up the spikes."
"I vowed and declared to the baseball kids at West York that that's not the reason for me switching positions and I certainly wouldn't go back on my word," he said.
However, one of his first duties as the new Manheim Township AD is to interview the final candidates for the open varsity baseball coaching vacancy.
West York tenure: In his time with the Bulldogs, Czerwinski guided the program to great heights at every level.
He amassed a 118-43 (.733) overall record and a 71-25 (.740) mark in York-Adams League Division II play. He also won three league titles in 2012, 2013 and 2015. It was during that two-year run in 2012 and 2013 that his accomplishments were most impressive. During those two seasons, West York accumulated a 45-12 record and won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles. The support that he received from the West York community, as both the baseball coach and the athletic director, is something that he'll always remember.
"First and foremost, I'm not sure I've ever worked for a community like West York that had the support from the community, the coaches, the parents and the student-athletes," he said. "That was probably one of the best experiences that I've ever had in my life. Spending nine years and being able to grow personally and professionally and be a part of that family is something that I will always cherish."
New opportunity: Czerwinski reiterated a number of times that the decision he made was not one intended with any bad blood toward West York. He viewed the move, from a career standpoint, as one that can help him grow as an AD. Manheim Township competes at the AAAA level, the highest classification in the PIAA, while West York was a AAA school.
"I just felt professionally, it was time to explore other options and again, to grow," he said. "Everybody knows that Manheim Township has pretty solid athletic programs. They're AAAA, so it's a little bit larger. They have different facilities and more sports. And, again, to continue my professional growth and personal growth, I felt it was an opportunity I wanted to look into, and fortunate enough for me, they put their faith in me to hire me as their AD."
When Czerwinski stepped down as the baseball coach following this past season, it left a glaring hole in one of the more successful athletic programs at the school. Now, his absence will be felt twice as much, with the AD position also vacant.
The next school board meeting for West York is scheduled for August, so if any new hirings are made, they likely won't be approved until that meeting.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow on Twitter @P_Strohecker