By Jill Jevnikar, Staff Writer
After nearly three years of service at his alma mater, our former athletic director, Mr. Joe Leonette, decided it was time for a career change. Mr. Leonette’s last day was 2/2/18. But when one door closes, another one opens: through that door walks Mr. Tim Skoczen. Mr. Skoczen will be our interim athletic director through the end of the school year. Mr. Skoczen spent his previous years working in the Waterloo, Brecksville-Broadview Heights and Independence school districts.
Mr. Skoczen has been teaching and coaching for 34 years, after being attracted to teaching by his father, who was also a teacher, coach, principal and superintendent. He attended Independence High School and moved on to Baldwin Wallace and Kent State University for his education. Skoczen now lives in Independence, Ohio with four kids, two dogs, and a cat. Outside of school, he enjoys biking, fishing, reading and watching his daughter compete in cross country and track.
West Geauga should feel lucky to have Mr. Skoczen, who is also a certified school psychologist. His goal concerning the students this year is for them to get the most out of their student-athlete experience. “I am looking to make life easier for the coaches and to help all student-athletes enjoy their sports seasons,” said Skoczen. He is excited to be a part of such a great school district and says that a positive quality he has already noticed was the loyalty the staff and students have toward West Geauga.
The students at West G. are very excited to get to know their new athletic director. Junior volleyball player Michele Trexler said, “We are happy to have him here and I am looking forward to seeing what kinds of changes he will bring.”
Even though we are sad to see Mr. Leonette go, we welcome Mr. Skoczen to the West Geauga community. It is safe to say that all student-athletes are anticipating great years to come. See more at: https://wgwhirlwind.org/1245/people-in-the-news/one-door-opens/