Cowan athletic director Patrick Bloom is taking the next step in his career path, one that means he will remain right where he is. He has accepted the position as principal of the high school, effective July 1. He replaces Jim Suding, who retired.
Bloom said that he had long been interested in the position, and that he was happy to be able to remain at Cowan.
He cited family reasons for the move, mentioning that an athletic director’s schedule can be difficult.
“I work for a great superintendent who’s 100 percent supportive,” Bloom said. “And the school board is great to work with. And the kids, that’s the main thing, we’ve got great kids out at Cowan.
“I’ve built a really good relationship with them, and I look forward to continuing those relationships that I’ve built over the last four years as I move forward in this new position.”
Bloom said two highlights of his tenure as athletic director were the school’s 2012 volleyball state championship and its Delaware County boys basketball tournament title in 2011.
He mentioned the community togetherness the volleyball crown created. And the boys basketball county title was the first in 48 years for Cowan.
As that chapter of Bloom’s tenure at Cowan comes to a close, he is now tasked with finding his own successor in the position of assistant principal/athletic director.
Bloom said Cowan has begun taking applications for the dual role, and he is targeting the June 18 school board meeting and July 2 board meeting as potential dates to recommend his successor.
“It’s a challenging position, because you wear a bunch of different hats,” Bloom said. “In terms of the assistant principal responsibilities, with the discipline. And then the athletics, you’re in charge of the athletic department, grades, really 5-12. That’s what people don’t fully understand about some of the smaller schools.
“I think first and foremost, has to be somebody who’s organized, able to keep things straight, keep them in line. And most importantly someone who has a desire to work with kids.”