New Athletic Director for Berkeley High

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Thursday September 04, 2008 - 09:19:00 AM

Saeed Olushegun, a former softball coach and math teacher, was named Wednesday as Berkeley High School’s athletic director to succeed Kristin Glencher, who was promoted to vice principal. 

Olushegan was the athletic director at Largo High School in Maryland and has taught in the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia Public Schools.  

He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Howard University and a master’s degree in education from American University.  

Olushegan, who recently moved to California with his family, will be responsible for inter-scholastic athletics—including 28 varsity sport teams, 60 teams and 1,000 student athletes—over three seasons. 

The Berkeley High athletic director also supervises coaches, oversees the budget—a total of $220,000 from the general fund and $30,000 from outside contributions, primarily the Berkeley Athletic Fund—and schedules games and practices. 

“We are really pleased,” said Glencher. “He’s intelligent, experienced and passionate and will bring his knowledge to our teams.” 

Glencher said the athletic director’s position was equivalent to a teaching position at Berkeley High and offered a payscale of $40,000 to $60,000, depending on experience. 

A panel is responsible for interviewing the candidates and Principal Jim Slemp makes the final decision, she said. 

As vice principal, Glencher herself will be responsible for overseeing the South of Bancroft project at Berkeley High, which includes relocating the warm water pool, demolishing the Old Gym and building new athletic facilities and classrooms and a new stadium. 

“I am going to miss being around the kids, but I view this as a great opportunity,” she said of her new position. 

Olushegan could not be reached for comment before press time.