Two new athletic directors were named for Charlestown and Jeffersonville high schools at Tuesday’s meeting of the Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees.
Chad Gilbert, boys’ basketball coach at Jeffersonville High School, was named the athletic director at Charlestown High School. Gilbert started working at Jeff High in 2000 and also served as a girls’ basketball coach for 11 seasons, taking them to the state championship in 2010-2011 season. He was also the winner of six sectional championships for the girls and two for the boys.
Todd Satterly was named the athletic director of Jeffersonville High School. He was also a teacher and a coach for New Albany High School’s girls’ varsity basketball.
The athletic directors replace Lisa Stemler at Jeffersonville High School and Kim Carroll at Charlestown High School.
Andrew Melin, superintendent, said the positions are no longer tied to teaching contracts and positions. Instead, they’re given administrative contracts to focus on managing teams and athletes.
He said by the time extra-duty pay, additional days and other pay factors are included, the salaries they’ll earn in administration are close to what they would have earned under the previous contracts.
Melin said Stemler and Carroll were both involuntarily taken out of their roles as athletic directors. He said though a woman was interviewed for the positions and didn’t get either job, the motivation for the removal of Stemler and Carroll wasn’t because the board wanted to fill the jobs with men.
“None of this had anything to do with gender issues,” Melin said. “It was all about trying to move our athletic departments to a higher level and those people with administrative contracts to hold our athletes and coaches to a higher level of accountability.”
Melin said Gilbert wanted to move out of the job at Jeff High to take on a new challenge with managing an entire department with aspirations of taking some teams to the state-tournament level.