Peninsula High School athletic director Phil Willenbrock has accepted a position in the Highline School District. Pending school board approval, Willenbrock will serve as the assistant principal at Ace Academy in Sea-Tac.
“We will honor that if that’s the direction he chooses to go,” said Peninsula School District assistant superintendent Dan Gregory. “He’s accepted it. He’s waiting for the paperwork to go through. Nothing is ever official until it’s approved by the school board. My guess would be he’d be the recommended candidate.”
Gregory said if Willenbrock does leave, which is all but assured at this point, the PSD will miss his leadership at Peninsula.
“Phil has done an outstanding job for us at Peninsula,” Gregory said. “If he does leave us, he will definitely leave us in better shape than when we arrived. He’s worked collaboratively with (Gig Harbor High School athletic director Bob) Werner and others to kick things up a notch at Peninsula.”
Gregory said he understands Willenbrock’s desire to pursue the administrative position at Ace.
“Phil earned his credentials and it’s understandable that he wants to put them to use,” Gregory said. “He’s done an outstanding job at Peninsula. If he chooses to go, we honor his choice to move on and we thank him for his time at Peninsula.”
The next step is for the district to work with PHS Principal Dave Goodwin to fill the position. Gregory said the district doesn’t have anyone specific in mind to fill the post, at this point.
“If Phil is approved up there, Dave Goodwin will work with building administrators to see how quickly we can post a position,” he said. “We’ll look at the candidate pool. We can’t really tell where that’s going to go until we can see what it looks like.”
Ideally, the district will fill the position quickly. Fall sports starts with football on Aug. 19.
“We’d want to have someone in place prior to the start of the fall sports season,” Gregory said. “We would be looking to move fairly rapidly.”
Willenbrock declined to comment until the Highline school board made the news official.