Thursday, August 05, 1999
Badin AD moves to Lakota West
New job means end of 23-year career as coach
BY SUE KIESEWETTER
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.
Everything just peachy at Graeter's
Foodborne illness hunted
Facts about E. coli
Police consider shooting revision
Adams County puts TB patient under guard
Bell might contest new area for N. Ky.
City Council approves $150K for health activists
DARE program scrutinized
Farmers ask Ohio for help
Where to see a tennis star
ATP turns Mason into a mecca
Crucial exit stays open for games, Tall Stacks
Lightning struck Kings Island ride
Pharmacy thefts prompt task force
Princeton levy result hangs on 44 votes
Wyoming man killed mountain climbing
Feeding strays shouldn't be a crime
Campbell Co. seniors' picnic summer's political hot spot
Court told of girl's last night: Sick, beaten as mother partied
GET TO IT
Kunzel to conduct in hero's hometown
Area troupe offers leaner Shakespeare
Art teacher settles with NKU for $150,000
Badin AD moves to Lakota West
Boone planners reject mine
City, schools to split cost of crossing guards
Clearcreek looks at police cuts
Death sentence overturned
Fairfield restaurant will serve tricks, too
Hospital sued over narcotics accusation
Jurors watch two explicit videos in obscenity trial
Lebanon council race has 5 seeking 3 seats
Lebanon seeks to preserve homes
Madison film needs local actors only
Man choked son, police say
Martin counting on N.Ky.
Masked man attacks, beats 13-year-old boy for cigarettes
Mason plans for another 5,000 pupils in 6 years
New bathhouse, pool to come
Police chief steps down after deal on settlement
Ross schools chief: Help us draw up plan
Rotating shifts leave officers miffed
School may refuse credits for missed classes
Sidney suspect taken to hospital
Special diploma shows work ethic
Townships: Keep taxes at home
Two cities seek help with merger