Lee named athletics director

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The search for a new Steamboat Springs High School athletics director ended Friday with the hiring of Richard Lee.

Lee, 53, comes to Steamboat with the type of administrative resume the search committee was looking for, Steamboat Springs High School assistant principal Mike Knezevich said.

Lee has served in several school districts as a superintendent and principal, as well as an athletics director.

His most recent position was as principal and athletics director for the Chatham School District in Angoon, Alaska.

Lee has spent the past 20 years working in Alaska but grew up in the Colorado Springs area and received much of his post-secondary education in Colorado.

Lee received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Adams State. He received his principal certification from the University of Denver and his superintendent certification from the University of Alaska.

Lee is certified to teach in Colorado and Alaska.

"I was looking to come back to Colorado," Lee said. "I was looking for a change in career-type situation. (The athletics director position) has been part of my principal's job in other districts, so it's not a huge leap to take the position as just an athletics director. I'm looking forward to getting to know the people."

Lee added that the wide range of activities the Steamboat Springs School District offers its students is "amazing."

Lee replaces former athletics director Bruce Crowhurst, who resigned in May.

Lee's salary, Knezevich said, will be roughly $58,000.

In addition to overseeing the activities and athletics offered at the high school, Lee will be asked to help with administrative responsibilities such as teacher evaluations and discipline assistance. His previous experience as a principal and superintendent will make those tasks easier, as well, Knezevich said.

Lee's hiring ends a three-month search. A combination of the salary and health care coverage offered by the district caused three previous candidates to turn down offers for the athletics director position.

But Knezevich said he and the entire committee are pleased with the experience, ideas and enthusiasm Lee will bring to the position.

"We have really high expectations here," Knezevich said. "It doesn't matter if it's athletics or academics because our kids deserve it on the field or in the classroom."

Lee will begin work by Aug. 25 but hoped to move sooner, as he quickly tries to familiarize himself with the coaches, schedules, activities and community in the first weeks of the school year.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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