Palo Alto High math teacher Kathi Bowers has been named as the school's new athletic director, replacing Jason Fung.
The announcement came in a statement released by school Principal Kim Diorio to the staff on Tuesday morning, and then first reported by the Paly Voice.
Palo Alto High math teacher Kathi Bowers is the school's new athletic director. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
"I am looking forward to it, but agree it will be a challenge!" said Bowers, who is the first female AD in more than 100 years of athletics at the school and the wife of PAUSD Assistant Superintendent Scott Bowers.
Her first big project will be overseeing the construction of the new gym project, which was supposed to begin last summer but is now scheduled to get under way his summer and take 18 months to complete.
Bowers will have to find space for those Paly teams that used both gyms and the pool, as well as schedule those teams space to train and compete. She said she would teach one math class next year, but spend 80 percent of her time as athletic director.
She also needs to hire a new wrestling coach. Braumon Creighton, who said that he wanted to build a successful program at Paly when he was hired last fall, has left the state to become the new head wrestling coach at Papillion-La Vista School District in Nebraska. The new job title is listed on Creighton's Linked In page.
Fung, meanwhile, told the Voice that he wanted to return to the classroom and to assist coaching the Paly football and track teams, which is what he enjoys doing.