The York Catholic athletic department is undergoing a major change at the top.
Rick Luckman, the longtime athletic director, is becoming AD emeritus at the school.
Kevin Bankos, the highly successful head coach of the Lady Irish girls' basketball program, is becoming the athletic director. Bankos will also become the school's dean of student affairs, a role that Luckman didn't hold.
"When you look at his history and his focus on culture and climate ... he leads by example," York Catholic principal Katie Seufert said, "He's a positive motivator. He respects organizational culture. His ability to work with students, families, teachers and all constituents alike will add to our leadership team here at York Catholic."
In addition to more than 30 years of coaching experience within the PIAA, Diocese of Harrisburg, recreation and AAU circles of York County, Bankos brings almost 30 years of management experience with him, having worked most recently as the president of Ballyhoo Sports Academy at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center.
Before his time with Ballyhoo, he spent 20 years as a manager in the manufacturing industry, serving as lead plant manager for a well-known national organization, where he supervised more than 200 employees daily.
"I've been president of Ballyhoo Sports Academy and being in club sports for over 15 years, there's a lot of similarities to it," Bankos said about taking on his new role. "Certainly we don't deal with the PIAA and YAIAA and District 3, but the scheduling of games and practice times and managing coaches, that kind of stuff, is what I enjoy. I will certainly tell you that Mr. Luckman staying on board for a few years until he retires was also attractive because I knew I'd have a mentor along the way."
Bankos’ responsibilities as dean of student affairs include administering policy and overseeing extra-curricular and student activities. As athletic director, he will work alongside Luckman, who is transitioning into retirement. Bankos will oversee 44 teams at York Catholic, manage the scheduling and budgeting within the department and guide the coaching staff. He will also retain his position as the girls’ basketball coach. Bankos will begin his new duties the week of July 11.
"We wanted ample time to transition," Seufert said about the Bankos taking over for Luckman. "...We're at a point with our athletic program with 44 teams, 13 of our 15 varsity teams made it to the district level of play, we just needed more people to support the program and we felt that it was really important that, as Rick begins to consider his retirement in a time that is preferable to him — it's his timeline, not ours, when he chooses to do that — that it was a wealth of opportunity to use his knowledge and expertise that he has with the program here to train whoever and help with the transition of whomever comes in to occupy the lead athletic director position."
Bankos has won two PIAA Class AA state titles during his time at York Catholic. In addition, the Lady Irish had their streak of 10 straight District 3-AA championships snapped last season. Bankos has a 280-37 record during his 10-year stint at York Catholic, winning 88 percent of his games. .
Luckman has served for 46 years in the Diocese and has been the athletic director at York Catholic since 1998.
Luckman could not be reached for comment for this story.
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