A new athletic director will join the staff at Woodstock High School after the Woodstock School District 200 Board of Education approved the hire June 13.
Chris Kirkpatrick, currently the athletic director at LaSalle-Peru Township High School, will replace outgoing AD Glen Wilson, who recently took a job as Huntley High School’s athletic director.
Kirkpatrick was hired by LaSalle-Peru in 2016 and previously worked as athletic director at Duluth High School in Duluth, Ga.
“I was only at LaSalle-Peru a year, but when opportunities like Woodstock come along, you definitely have to look at them. It’s such a great community and great school. It’s a great job,” Kirkpatrick said.
Kirkpatrick attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee where he played football and received his degree in physical education. He kicked off his career as a physical education teacher and assistant athletic director at McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee before being hired as the dean of students and head football coach at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights.
During his time coaching football at McNamara, Kirkpatrick and his team had a taste of the Blue Streak spirit. The teams faced off in the 1997 post season, and WHS went on to win the state championship that year.
July 1 marks the official first day for Kirkpatrick, though he will be in town sooner to get up to speed. WHS Principal Justin Smith was part of the interview committee that chose Kirkpatrick and spent some time showing him around the school and grounds.
“Chris was highly regarded by all stakeholders in our interviews and we are very excited to have him join the Blue Streak family. He is going to do a fantastic job leading our coaches, supporting our athletes and assisting our Backers Club,” Smith said.
Kirkpatrick currently lives in Ottawa with his wife, a 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old twins.
Kirkpatrick said he looks forward to the crosstown rivalry that WHS and Woodstock North share when it comes to athletics, and that he’s used to friendly competition.
“I’ve had that two-schools-in-the same-town feel,” he said.