Bill Daley, who has been a fixture at Sunnyside High School for more than two decades, will be resigning from his position as athletic director at the end of the 2015-16 school year.
Daley coached football in Sunnyside from 1993 to 2002 and basketball from 1993 to 1997, then again for the 2000-01 school year. He’s been serving as the athletic director since 1998.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the community of Sunnyside for 23 years as an educator, coach and administrator at Sunnyside High School,” said Daley.
Sunnyside School District Superintendent Dr. Richard D. Cole thanked Daley for his service and commitment to the success of students on and off the field.
“Bill has done a great job supporting the growth and competitiveness of Sunnyside High School’s athletic programs, coaches and student athletes,” said Cole.
“While much of his focus was on athletics, Bill was also a tireless advocate for student success in the classroom. He was always focused on using athletic programs to build character and commitment to education.”
Replacing him will be tough, but district spokesman Curtis Campbell said the district plans to change the job description to fit the district’s new vision for its athletic program.
“We want the job to be more district-wide than high school focused,” said Campbell. “It will be more of a leadership position for all the sports in the district from elementary school up to high school.”
The district recently began an effort to improve its sports programs in the same way it has developed its academic programs and increased the district’s graduation rate. Campbell said the new athletic director will be an integral part of the process.
District staff is currently working on the new job description, so Campbell said the final details on what they are looking for in a candidate have not been nailed down. While the district might be looking at a person who has already had success in coaching, Campbell said it is premature to speculate what the exact qualifications might be.
Campbell said the job will be posted to get as large a pool of candidates as possible once the job description has been written.
“We want to get the best person for the job,” he said.