Zenz steps down as Webutuck athletic director

Zenz steps down as Webutuck athletic director

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Zenz steps down as Webutuck athletic director

Webutuck's Chris Miloneo leads his teammates in celebrating their win over Millbrook for the Section 9 Class C boys soccer championship in October 2015.

Webutuck’s Chris Miloneo leads his teammates in celebrating their win over Millbrook for the Section 9 Class C boys soccer championship in October 2015.

On Wednesday, Jon Zenz expects his resignation as Webutuck High School athletic director to become official.

Zenz took over as athletic director in September 2011 and served until announcing his resignation on Jan. 10. The resignation is on the agenda at Wednesday’s school board meeting.

“We’ve been working really hard six years to (elevate) the level of the athletic department and I think we’ve had some success in that,” Zenz said. He didn’t divulge the impetus behind his decision beyond saying, “It was just time to move on.”

Roseanne Persico, a physical education teacher, will serve as the interim athletic director.

The 57-year-old Zenz will remain the head coach of the Webutuck girls basketball team, and he said he would like to continue doing so for a while.

The former physics teacher also operates an engineering consulting firm. Having abdicated his position as athletic director, Zenz said he plans to use the free time to go back to school.

“I want to get more certification to work in schools,” he said. “Be it teaching again or working as an assistant principal. Those things sound very appealing.”

The girls basketball team, which went winless for seven seasons before 2015, enjoyed a turnaround campaign last year, winning 11 games. The Warriors are 4-6 now and need to win three of their last four games to qualify for the playoffs.

Among the accomplishments Zenz said he is most proud of: The Webutuck girls cross country team won the Section 9 Class D championship last fall and had five runners qualify for the state tournament; The boys soccer team won the Section 9 Class championship in 2015; and the Warriors field hockey team has been a perennial contender.

Webutuck often has been at a disadvantage as one of the smallest Class C athletic programs in the area. But with an expected enrollment dip at the school, some of its teams will drop from Class C to D next fall. That, Zenz said, is cause for “excitement.”

“My job was to put together coaches, trainers, a maintenance team and organize transportation, and get everyone moving in the same direction to improve athletics,” Zenz said. “I think we have made a significant improvement in on-field performance.”

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

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