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 .

Because of a 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 . Olsen has won eight state championships at .

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 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 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 on a late touchdown.

Seven of the nine players and were sentenced to juvenile probation. The district has since enacted a for athletes.

Olsen's son Kevin, one of the top quarterback recruits in the country, has said he would not play his senior year if his father “father, coach and best friend” is not on the sideline.

An to allow Olsen to keep both jobs garnered 559 signatures.

Olsen's house since at least March, when it was listed for $740,000. The price has since been reduced to $725,000.

Grunden April 29, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Apologist? Seems pretty matter of fact. School will survive, indeed. Will the taxpayer or the superintendent?
T Wiske April 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Eyes reread the post. It is a comparison to the disgraceful policies of the President and very different but distasteful policies of the Board of Education. Democrat or Republican, ineffective leaders are ineffective leaders. Political party shouldn't mean anything to anyone with an independent thought. It is criticism of past Board policy, union patronage, and continued leadership that lacks vision, understanding and backbone.
Rex miatke April 30, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Ron understand what is going on here. You are correct. The job is too big for one person. That means he will need 2 assistants one at Hills and One at Valley. That means 2 will be replaced with 3. This opens the door for 3 positions and I wonder who might get those positions hummmmmmmm. Remember the superintendant for a very long time had no assistant and did just fine. Now there needs to be a assistant superintendant??? Take a close look who is being replaced in positions.
Chicken Little April 30, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Rex, The superintendent did NOT do "just fine" without an assistant. Not Gonzalez, not the interims, not any of the previous full timers. it is a big job, in a district the size of ours. Unless you want the superintendent to run himself into the ground, and fail..
Michael L Bubba May 01, 2012 at 06:17 PM
That's funny eyes wide shut " but not with anyone named Bubba. Once was more than enough or could stand." You would think it was one election and then done for a Bubba. It was multiple elected offices and many years. If I was running I would hope to have the same kind of career, a very good one.


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