Thursday, August 05, 1999

Badin AD moves to Lakota West

New job means end of 23-year career as coach

Enquirer Contributor

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Longtime Stephen T. Badin coach Gerry Weisgerber doesn't have any basketball memorabilia in his new office at Lakota West High School, where he has started his new job as assistant principal and athletic director.

        He doesn't plan to, either. For now, the write-ups, the pictures, the reminders of his two-plus decades of coaching will remain in storage boxes, awaiting his family's move from Hamilton to Mason. Instead of reveling in the glory of the Rams' 1988 state title and final four finishes in 1998 and 1999, Mr. Weisgerber chooses to look forward.

        ""It's going to be hard,” Mr. Weisgerber says of leaving both coaching and Badin High School. “It's something I've been doing for 23 years. It was very hard to leave there. My memories will stay in the house.”

        Mr. Weisgerber said he wasn't looking to leave Badin. But when Lakota West football coach Larry Cox — whom Mr. Weisgerber had coached at Badin — told him of the opening, he began thinking seriously about applying for it. At Lakota, Mr. Weisgerber will have one less hat to wear. As at Badin, he will serve as Lakota West's athletic director and assistant principal. He won't be coaching.

        “There wasn't one thing that happened that told me to give up coaching,” Mr. Weisgerber said. “I knew it was coming. I couldn't see myself coaching for 30 or 40 years. This was a wonderful opportunity. There is a large (athletic) program here and good people.

        “There's enough here to keep me busy,” said Mr. Weisgerber, whose wife, Sallie, spent 10 years teaching in the Lakota Schools before leaving to become an administrator in the Sycamore Schools. “I've been too busy to even think.”

        With football starting next week, Mr. Weisgerber, who started work at Lakota this week, said he would be plenty busy the next several weeks as he meets with coaches, players, their parents and the community. He plans on being hands-on and very visible in the community.

        “I'll be at everything,” Mr. Weisgerber said. “That's my life.”

        Superintendent Kathleen Klink said Mr. Weisgerber was active at Badin in many areas that will help in his new role at Lakota.

        Mr. Weisgerber, who has been assistant principal at Badin since 1994, began teaching there in 1979. He coordinated standardized testing at the school and was chairman of the school's North Central Accreditation Evaluation team.

        During the past year, he coordinated efforts to write the school's continuous improvement plan.

        The father of two Badin High School graduates now attending the University of Dayton, Mr. Weisgerber holds a master's degree from Xavier University and a bachelor's from UD.

        Mr. Weisgerber was named the Enquirer's Basketball Coach of the Year in 1988 and again in 1998.

        He will earn $58,594 at Lakota.


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