After spending three years as the athletic director at Bethel High School, John Augustine has taken the similar position at Carlisle High School pending board approval, in a decision made earlier this week.

“I saw an article the OHSAA put out about the opening, and I inquired,” Augustine said. “I sent a letter of interest, and after applying three weeks ago, I was one of 51 applicants. After the interview process, I ended up beating out the assistant AD from Kings to get the job.”

“When I was at Xenia Christian, we did a lot of games with them. Another thing, it is also an assistant principal positon and AD, And although my duties as assistant principal will be minimal but it is expanding what I am doing.” Augustine said he will be handing the discipline but 95% of his duties will be as athletic director.

“The former guy was a teacher and AD, and with the new position, it is an administrative position,” he said. “I will have to finish my high school certification but my Masters is in Athletic Administration Leadership. I will work this fall toward my high school principal license.

Augustine leaves the Cross County Conference and looks forward to the challenges of the Southwestern Buckeye League.

“It’s a very intriguing conference,” he said. “I am very familiar with several of the schools, and I am excited because some of my good friends are or have been at schools like Bellbrook, Oakwood and Milton Union (all SWBL schools).”

He will cherish the relationships he built at Bethel, along with the accomplishments the Bees achieved.

“It’s a great community and we very good backing from the community and boosters,” he said. “This was probably the best boosters club I have ever worked with.”

“We turned programs around at Bethel. We started swimming, we went from 1-and-done boys basketball to district runner up. We also improved growth with the girls’ basketball program.”

“If you look at what we have done in football, we went from four wins and have improved every year and were percentage points from the playoffs last season,” he added.

While he enjoyed his time with the staff at Bethel, he also is looking forward to the challenges ahead at Carlisle.

“I am looking forward to working with their superintendent and the staff with the big things they have going on there,” he said. “We need to find the things that I am good at, plus we will get them ready for their new athletic facility project coming in. They just passed a levy for a new complex. When I was hired at Bethel under the assumption we were getting a new outside athletic facility it had not developed yet.”

Augustine is expected to begin his new position next week.