High School Sports

Olympia High School athletic director resigns

Olympia High School athletic director Tim Ahern resigned earlier this month to accept a job working for the city of Round Rock in Texas.

Ahern, a Texas Tech graduate, filled the AD position at Olympia for four years in his first administrative position.

“He did a great job and we’ll certainly miss him,” Olympia School District athletic director Jeff Carpenter said. “He’s a great person and did a good job up there.”

Ahern could not immediately be reached for comment, but Carpenter said Ahern’s decision to move back to Texas was, in part, to be closer to relatives.

“He wanted to move back there for his family,” Carpenter said. “It’s nothing to do with the high school or the district. … Where they’re moving to and where he’ll be working is close to his family.”

Olympia’s athletic director position was posted on the WIAA website on July 22, and will remain open until filled. Carpenter said the district already has a pool of applicants with “lots of experience around the state.” He expects the position to be filled before school starts on Sept. 7 — if not earlier.

“We will have somebody by the end of August, hopefully,” Carpenter said. “The target is to make sure we have someone on board before the clearance process starts (for fall sports).”

Lauren Smith: 360-754-5473, @smithlm12