Evergreen High School has a familiar face as its new athletic director this school year. Eric Simon, an Evergreen alum, will lead Viking athletics after having spent the last 12 years working for Healthcare Services Group.
HCSG is a management company that deals mainly in long term care, as well as some hospitals. Simon was a Senior District Manager his last five years at HCSG.
However, he is ready for his new venture.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Simon. “Sports and coaching are something I have a passion for, and to be in a position to help in the development of our youth is something I am very proud of.”
Evergreen needed to fill the position after the unexpected death of former athletic director TJ Rupp who passed away in April following injuries sustained in a car crash. While finding a new AD is not something they were prepared for, Evergreen is pleased with their choice.
“Finding a replacement for TJ Rupp is something we never anticipated having to do,” said high school principal Josh Clark. “We were bookended by tragedy last (school) year, and the prospect of replacing TJ came with many emotions for all of us. While we can never replace TJ, Eric Simon made the job much easier.”
Simon stood out above the other candidates in the interview process.
“The thing that impressed me right away about Eric was his poise and his confident personality. He was completely at ease with the interview committee, and had some great ideas that will be implemented immediately,” said Clark of Simon. “He’s coming from the business world, and already has a working understanding of how to manage a budget and how to develop relationships with people. These are huge strengths, as he will work closely with adults and students alike.”
This is very much like a homecoming for Simon, who graduated from Evergreen in 2001.
“I have been involved for the last few years as an assistant football coach, but the AD position is obviously much more involved,” he said. “I look forward to getting to know all of the students and faculty and working with them on a daily basis.”
“It also helps that he already bleeds green and gold,” noted Clark. “He grew up here, and will help to mesh old traditions with ones he will help to create. I think the best is yet to come for Evergreen athletics, and Eric Simon is going to play a big role in creating a bright future for our student athletes.”
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010