Don Seidenstricker named interim athletic director at South Western High School
After domestic dispute that landed South Western athletic director Kurt Brenner in jail, the district has named an interim AD.
Don Seidenstricker, a former teacher, football coach and AD at South Western, was unanimously approved as interim AD by the South Western school board during a meeting Wednesday, March 28.
He will take on the AD responsibilities for the time being, according to the district superintendent, Jay Burkhart.
Seidenstricker is well known throughout the York-Adams League athletic community. He spent his entire career at South Western, including 27 years as athletic director and 25 years as head varsity football coach.
From 1986 until 2011, Seidenstricker built the Mustangs' football program into a local power and compiled a 196-90-1 career record. He led the Mustangs to 13 Y-A division titles and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2015. Seidenstricker resigned as South Western's AD in 2017.
The move came less than two weeks after Brenner was arrested at his home early in the morning of Saturday, March 17, after allegedly sitting on his wife and shoving her head between couch cushions, blocking her mouth and nose, according to charging documents.
Brenner's wife "saw stars" from the suffocation and at one point told him, "you're going to kill me," an affidavit states.
Brenner has been charged with strangulation, simple assault and harassment stemming from the incident. He is out on bail and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on Friday, April 18, in York County Court.
Brenner's status at the district is unknown. Burkhart said he could not comment on Brenner's employment status, characterizing the situation as a confidential personnel matter.
However, he thanked Seidenstricker for stepping up during a sprint sports season heavily impacted by inclement weather.
"I can’t (describe) how much a tremendous asset to the community he has been over the years," Burkhart said.
"As far as spring sports, the winter weather has not cooperated with spring play," he said, so he said he is glad that someone with Seidenstricker's logistical expertise can take the helm for athletics.
South Western's school board President Vanessa Berger agreed.
"We are pleased that Don is able to help us at this time," she said. "His knowledge is invaluable to us."
Berger also declined to comment on Brenner's employment status.
Seidenstricker was unable to be reached for comment.