It’s a new school year and two West County schools have new athletic directors.
John Theobald replaced Mike Roth at Parkway Central and Pat Burns is taking over at Parkway South.
Theobald had been the boys and girls soccer coach for the Colts. He gave up those positions when he became Central’s new AD.
“I am honored to take over the role of AD here and serve this phenomenal community in a new capacity,” said Theobald, who is 46 and a graduate of Parkway North.
Theobald was the head coach of the boys team for the last 18 years after two years as an assistant. He began coaching the Parkway North girls 24 years ago and was there for 11 years before coming to Parkway Central to coach the girls team.
Roth replaced Mike Gohn as the Parkway School District athletic director. That left Parkway Central open.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” Theobald said. “I decided to put my name in the hat and was offered the position. It was never really a goal, but I saw it as an opportunity to try something different and as a new challenge.”
Burns was the AD at Farmington for the past 10 years.
“During my tenure at Farmington, our teams were blessed with talented athletes and coaches,” Burns said. “We won 50 district titles and had 11 teams place in the top four at state. I was recognized by my fellow ADs in Southeast Missouri and was named AD of the Year from SEMO for the Missouri State Athletic Administrators Association.”
Prior to his time at Farmington, Burns worked for six years at Herculaneum as a social studies teacher and coach. Burns also was an assistant football and baseball coach and served as head softball coach. After Herculanuem, he spent two years at Seckman High as a teacher and coach.