Wait is finally over

High school announces hiring of new athletics director

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— It took a little less than three months to find the right guy, but it appears the search is over.

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid announced Monday Bruce Crowhurst will replace Steve Moos as the school's new athletics director next week.

Crowhurst will begin work Aug. 13, the same day the fall sports schedule begins for the 2001-2002 school season. Crowhurst will be pressed to get up to speed with football, volleyball, boys soccer, cross country, boys tennis and boys golf already in full swing when he arrives. Cheerleading and dance will also open practice that day.

"We had a lot of applicants for this job," Schmid said. "But many of them just didn't have the experience that was needed."

So instead of rushing to hire someone, the process was extended several times as the school took its time making sure the final candidate had the proper experience to handle the job.

Schmid is hoping the school's hard work and selectiveness will pay off with a highly qualified candidate who will step in to fill the important position.

Schmid said Crowhurst is a teacher and worked as an assistant coach for the Smoky Hill football team last year. He will be moving from his home in Brighton to Steamboat Springs to take the job next week.

Schmid said this will be Crowhurst's first attempt at an athletics director position. However, Crowhurst has completed all the training that is required for the job and is certified to work in the position by the state of Colorado.

He will replace Moos, who held the job at Steamboat Springs for two years. Moos announced his decision to leave the job last spring. He wanted to return to the classroom and will continue to teach at the high school this year.

"He had a few loose ends to wrap up in Brighton," Schmid said of Crowhurst. "When he gets here, he will be walking right into the fire."

A panel of administrators, teachers, parents and students worked hard this summer to make the decision. Schmid said the process had to be reopened several times to find a person with the qualifications the board was looking for in the candidate.

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