Kaleb Puhlman

Kaleb Pohlman

LIBERTY CENTER — After a quick, but thorough, search, Kaleb Pohlman, a Liberty Center alum, was hired as the school’s new athletics director during a special meeting of the Liberty Center School Board of Education Monday morning.

Pohlman, a 2014 LCHS graduate, replaces Jake Johnson, who resigned on July 19 after four years as Liberty Center’s athletics director.

“It was a fast process, but it did not impact the quality of the process,” said Liberty Center Superintendent Richie Peters, who added there were more than 60 applicants for the position. “We all know athletics is near and dear to the hearts of this community so we wanted to give it all the attention we could, but, obviously, at the same time, it was a time sensitive hire.”

High school athletic practices began Aug. 1 and Liberty Center’s golf team hosted its first official sporting event for the 2019-20 season Monday.

Pohlman was approved by the board by a 3-1 vote, with John Weaver voting no and Todd Spangler abstaining.

“I’m excited to get started,” said Pohlman, who graduated from Concordia University in 2018 with a degree in sports management. “This has been the dream. I have Liberty Center experience and I wanted to go out and get experience outside of here and bring it back to the school and give back. I can’t wait to get started.”

Monday was Pohlman’s first day on the job.

“He has a lot of passion and was driven to be an athletic director,” said Peters. “Some athletic directors have different experiences, his is he was always going to be an athletic director. You could see that throughout the process.”

Peters said six applicants were asked to interview, with one dropping out.

“This was a tough decision,” said Peters. “Kaleb impressed us with his motivation and experience at the collegiate level.”

“I am coming in with a ton of support from the administration,” said Pohlman. “I want to keep the standards, that have been set here, high and continue the pursuit of excellence. We have a lot of good people at this school, student-athletes and coaches. My job is to get the best out of them.”

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