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New athletic director hired for York High

Jessica Schladebeck
505-5438/@JessDispatch

The York City School Board during their meeting Thursday approved the hiring of a new athletic director on the heels of the resignation of Joe Chiodi, who had been involved with the district for 47 years.

Ronald Coursey, sporting Bearcat orange and blue, told the board he was "happy and humbled" to be filling the role at William Penn Senior High School.

The Baltimore native has most recently served as the dean of students at Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., and acted, prior to that, as the dean of students and student support specialist at Propel Schools in Munhall, Allegheny County.

"The dean in me will never turn off," Coursey said. "I'll always be engaged in student life and the culture of the school."

Coursey told the board that as a former college athlete, sports has always been at the core of who he is, and he hopes to use the athletics program as a vehicle for students to advance into college careers.

One of his focuses, he said, includes building relationships between his student athletes as well as connecting the program with local businesses and people in the community.

"I believe that building relationships is the key to what athletics is," he said. "I want to be a part of making that connection with this community."

Board President Margie said Coursey came "highly recommended" and that the district was happy to have him.

Resignation: Chiodi, who served as the high school's athletic director for the past four years, put in his resignation last week after learning in December that he would not be rehired for the position.

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The position is reopened every year, so Chiodi, as he had in years prior, put in for the position along with several other applicants. Chiodi went through two rounds of interviews but in the end was not rehired by the district.

Over the past year, Chiodi played a part in trying to bring back several sports to the high school that were previously cut for financial reasons. Boys' and girls' tennis are already approved to begin next fall, and Chiodi was working toward adding soccer and baseball back into the mix as well.

The board on Thursday also approved Chiodi's resignation, though they said they had hoped he would stay on through the end of January and help train their new hire.

Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.