Chad Gilbert is walking away from a dream coaching job for his ultimate administrative position.
Gilbert, who has coached boys’ and girls’ basketball for 13 seasons at Jeffersonville High School, was hired as athletic director at Charlestown — his alma mater — during the board meeting for Greater Clark County Schools on Tuesday night. He succeeds Kim Carroll.
The board also hired Todd Satterly as athletic director at Jeffersonville, and his first priority will be to replace a coach who won a Class 4-A state championship with the Jeff girls and guided the boys to the semistate in 2013.
Gilbert coached the Jeff girls for 11 seasons and posted a 220-43 record. His teams won six sectional titles, seven Hoosier Hills Conference crowns and the 2011 Class 4-A state title. During his two seasons with the boys, the Red Devils were 44-8 with sectional and regional titles in 2013 and back-to-back HHC crowns.
“The last three years have been outstanding, so much fun,” said Gilbert, who insisted he was “retiring” from coaching. “I’ve been blessed to do so many things. I’m leaving a great situation, a dream coaching job, in order to take a dream administration position. I want to help coaches and kids, help our school be the best it can possibly be.”
Gilbert, who scored 1,392 career points before graduating from Charlestown in 1991, envisions making the Pirates a Class 3-A power in all sports.
“I’m excited about it,” he said. “I feel like Charlestown has great coaches. With the development of the new bridge, the north side of Clark County is going to explode and grow. There are a lot of positive things in place. We can turn ourselves into a powerhouse.
“The facilities are outstanding, and we have a great support system, great community backing. They make it special to be a Charlestown Pirate. It’s exciting to be a part of that.”
Gilbert said giving up coaching will be difficult.
“What makes it so difficult is all the relationships — with the players, coaches, fans and administration,” he said. “But I don’t want to be that AD who says, ‘Well, when I coached, we did it like this.’ I want to be there to support our coaches and players.”
Satterly takes over at Jeffersonville for Lisa Stemler, who worked as the AD for three years.
Satterly, who graduated from Charlestown in 1990, worked for 12 years as a chemistry teacher at New Albany and served as the girls’ basketball coach for the Bulldogs in 2004-08.
“The opportunity at Jeffersonville is fantastic,” he said. “There has been a winning tradition for many years, and I just hope to do that.”
Satterly’s first priority will be forming a committee and hiring a replacement for Gilbert.
“Chad did a phenomenal job,” he said. “It will be hard to replace a guy with that much success.”