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Familiar face heading up Highland athletics

8/14/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

John Deuber
Photo courtesy of Highland Local Schools
GRANGER — Although he is just starting his tenure as Highland High School’s athletic director, John Deuber is already very familiar with the school district.

“I’ve been at Highland for 11 years — this will be my 12th year. For the previous 11 years, I’ve been the middle school principal here at Highland,” he said. “Prior to that, I was an administrator at Hudson and the Willoughby-Eastlake School District.”

Aside from his administrative experience, Deuber also has a strong background in scholastic athletics.

“When I first started teaching, I actually coached varsity soccer at Norton High School for 10 years while I started teaching there as a middle school teacher for language arts and math,” he said. “I also coached middle school girls basketball and middle school girls track in that time period.”

After a time away from sports, Deuber said he is happy to be returning to that realm.

“I’ve always been involved in athletics and a sports fan, and this was a great opportunity to get back into being directly involved in athletics,” he said. “It’s a nice change of pace from being a building principal for, really, 19 years total. I think it’s a real privilege to continue to be part of Highland and to now have a role working with the athletic department. It’s a great place to be and I’m proud to be part of it in a new role.”

Deuber said one of his key duties in the new job will be to make sure Highland’s coaches “can do their jobs to the best of their abilities.”

“There’s a lot that goes on when the whistle blows on a Friday night before a kickoff, and I think my job — and the job of secretary Amy Dean and the faculty managers — is to make sure that all of the coaches and the players need to only worry about coaching and playing,” he said. “We’ll take care of everything else and make sure everything runs as smoothly as it can.”

According to Deuber, the district is “a good fit” for him.

“It’s an outstanding community that supports the school and supports the students,” he said. “It’s a community that supports the concept of success and what it takes to be successful, not only athletically, but also academically. That’s the kind of environment I like to work in and be part of. My father would say, ‘Always do what’s expected of you, plus a little bit more, and you’ll be successful.’ That’s certainly been true, and I see that in the students and the athletes we have at Highland and that makes it a good fit for me.”

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