May 28, 2016

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Retired principal John Deuber put in charge of Highland sports

GRANGER TWP. — After retiring as a principal at Highland Middle School, John Deuber is ready to tackle his new role as assistant principal at the high school and athletic administrator.

Deuber, 54, who is under a one-year contract, will have much the same role as outgoing athletic director Curt Johansen. Johansen’s AD position was eliminated following the 2013-14 school year.

“It really will carry the same type of responsibilities as an athletic director as well as combining it with some building administrative responsibilities such as helping out with the teacher evaluation system and the amount of work that requires,” Deuber said Tuesday. “That’s how the job has morphed in a lot of high schools where they’re picking up more than just athletics or just the assistant principal responsibilities.”

Deuber, who said the athletic administrative position started in earnest this week, was involved in athletics for much of his 11 years at Highland Middle School.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Union (1982), a master’s in education administration from the University of Akron (1987) and a doctorate in education leadership from Nova Southeastern (2004).

Deuber was the coach of Norton’s soccer team from 1982-92 and was a girls basketball and track coach at the middle school level for the Panthers.

“I’m very excited about the new position,” he said. “I was a building administrator for a total of 18 years, 11 at Highland. I’ve always been excited about sports.

“I started my career as a soccer coach and middle school basketball and track coach, so the opportunity to get back into athletics and work with high school and middle school athletes was very exciting for me. It’s re-energizing, if you will, to get back into it.”

While Deuber has been away from the game, his role at the middle school level kept him informed. With the help of outgoing athletic secretary Terry Pollock and the rest of the athletic department, the transition has been smooth to this point.

“There’s a little bit of a learning curve,” Deuber said. “Fortunately, I’ve been at Highland for 11 years and I’m very familiar with the school, the administration, central office and treasurer’s department, so the learning curve hasn’t been as steep as someone from outside the district.

“There’s a lot of work to be done. It’s kind of organizational pieces where everything is ready to go for fall sports. There’s a lot of things that take place in July and August before that first kickoff.”

Deuber, along with new athletic secretary Amy Dean, is already hard at work. His responsibilities include the new sports facility to be constructed at the high school.

“We’re very excited about the new sports complex that will start in the next month with a new stadium, track, tennis courts and practice facilities,” he said. “The vision for Year One is to work closely with the administration and board and implement that design and have everything just perfect for the 2015 fall season for football and soccer.

“That and maintaining the direction Highland is going. We’ve had success on both the boys and girls side of things. We want to make sure we attract and keep highly qualified coaches and keep the programs building from youth and high school.”

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