Olsen Out As Hills Athletic Director
Move further clouds whether 8-time state champ coach will be on sidelines to defend title.
The Board of Education voted Thursday to not renew the contracts of high school Athletic Directors Chris Olsen and Dan Kilday.
The move casts further doubt about whether Olsen, one of the winningest high school football coaches in New Jersey history, will be on the sidelines in the fall to defend the Wayne Hills state championship.
Because of a new district policy, the men, who each earn more than $120,000, were given the option to return for the 2012-2013 school year as either coaches or athletic directors.
Superintendent Ray Gonzalez would not say Thursday whether the men will have the opportunity to remain on as coaches. Kilday coaches soccer at Wayne Valley High School. Olsen has won eight state championships at Wayne Hills.
Gonzalez said the move “gives us the opportunity to see what our options are in reorganizing [the athletic] department.”
Their contracts will expire before June 30. It is expected that there will be one athletic director for both schools.
The moves were part of widespread changes made to Wayne schools Thursday night.
The policy approved by the Board in January prohibits administrators and supervisors from coaching sports teams or acting as advisors of any district athletic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular program.
The Board said in November that it would address such conflicts after nine football players were charged with aggravated assault. Some in the community criticized Olsen for not suspending the players for the team’s first two state playoff games.
The nine were ultimately suspended for the state title game, in which Hills defeated Old Tappan on a late touchdown.