Broad Run and Park View high schools are each getting a new athletic director to go along with their move from Group AAA to Group AA classification for the 1999-2000 season.
Jack Kirby, the athletic director at Paul VI High School in Fairfax for 16 years, took over for Joe Fleming at Broad Run on Tuesday. Later this month, Les Cummings will take over for Dave Hembach at Park View. Hembach was named the first athletic director at the new Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn.
Because of contract obligations with Sherando High School, Cummings can't begin his job at Park View until Aug. 23. Cummings has worked with Frederick County (Va.) public schools for the past 25 years in health, physical education and student activities.
But Kirby is already hard at work, meeting coaches and arranging schedules. Both Broad Run and Park View will move from the Group AAA to Group AA classification for the coming school year.
"It's going to be a big change for the school this fall," Kirby said. "It's going to be great, because they're going to be competing with schools their own size."
Kirby said he has spent most of his time so far organizing invoices and bills that haven't been taken care of since Fleming left July 1. He said there were openings for Loudoun athletic directors in recent years, but he didn't want to move from Paul VI until this summer.
"I really wasn't actively searching," said Kirby, who lives just north of Warrenton. "But opportunity only knocks once or twice, and I thought I owed it to my family to at least explore the possibility."
Paul VI and Broad Run are comparable in size, and Kirby said he already had a feel for Loudoun County sports because he scheduled Paul VI teams to play Loudoun schools every year. Paul VI has about 1,250 students, while Broad Run has about 1,630, he said.
While Cummings finishes his contract at Sherando, Hembach must do double duty at Stone Bridge and Park View.