North Hills' new athletics/activities director passionate about his post
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Kevin Deitrick hadn't started his new job, but he already knew he loved it.
“I have two passions — kids and athletics,” the recently-hired director of athletics and activities for North Hills School District said. “So I think I'm one of the luckiest guys in the world.”
Deitrick, whose hiring was formally announced by the district last week, was finishing his duties as assistant director for student services in the Duquesne University athletic department the past few days. His first official day in North Hills was to be Thursday.
Deitrick replaces longtime North Hills athletic director Dan Cardone, whose retirement took effect June 30.
“North Hills has such tradition and Dan Cardone is a legend around here, so hopefully I can pick his brain some and be a sponge,” said Deitrick, who was in high school when North Hills' football team was named the No. 1 team in the country by USA Today.
“I'll always remember that team, and because of them I've been in awe of North Hills all my life.”
Deitrick grew up in the Green Tree/Scott Township area and played basketball and golf for Canevin Catholic high school. He played golf in college at Washington & Jefferson, where he earned bachelor's degrees in history and education. Deitrick holds K-12 principal and social studies secondary education certifications, a doctorate in educational instructional leadership and a master's degree in history from Duquesne University.
His job at the university involved overseeing athletes' academic progress.
Deitrick also taught history courses as an adjunct professor in the university's liberal arts department.
“But I wanted to get back into administration,” Deitrick said. “I'm very excited to get back to the public-school end. It doesn't speak much to my social life, but kids are the best part of my day.”
Before working for Duquesne, Deitrick was a building administrator and served on the professional education committee for the North Allegheny School District. He has been an assistant principal, assistant athletic director, high school history teacher and assistant boys' varsity basketball coach in the Upper St. Clair School District. He also instructed summer basketball camps for local high schools and at Pitt.
“Dr. Deitrick embodies a unique combination of skills and talents required to be a success in this significant, community-focused position,” North Hills Superintendent Dr. Patrick J. Mannarino said in a news release.
Deitrick pledged to spend the early weeks and months of his new job getting to know all of the athletes, coaches and faculty and “to support them as much as I possibly can.”
As much as he enjoys athletics, Deitrick said he embraces the “activities” portion of his title.
“I want to get to know the community, get to know the boosters, get to know the parents, and really, just get involved,” Deitrick said. “Athletics can be a great rallying cry for the whole community. ... One thing I've always said is athletics always goes beyond high school walls.
“I'm available 24/7, and I tell the kids that.”
Chris Adamski is a freelance writer.
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