Schab takes over as Pine River athletic director

LEROY — It didn’t take new Pine River athletic director Aaron Schab long to step into his new position.

Roger Rush retired as Pine River athletic director on May 31. Schab took over immediately but had several important duties to fulfill. He ran the district baseball and softball tournaments at Pine River. He also had to appoint a new boys soccer and new boys basketball coach.

“I’ve been busy since I learned I was being hired for the position,” he said. “We are in the process of getting a new basketball coach. I got started right away trying to organize the summer activities for the basketball program.”

Schab has completed 10 years in the district. He was an elementary teacher for seven years then middle school social studies teacher for three years. He’s been a junior varsity head and varsity assistant football coach. He also coached junior varsity baseball for seven years and one season of middle school basketball.

Along with being AD, Schab will teach social studies for two hours in the middle school.

“I applied for (athletic director),” he said. “Athletics have always been an important part of my life. I’ve always been involved in sports. I started playing T-Ball at age 4 or 5 and started playing football in the third grade. I was lucky enough to play a year at Division III in college (Concordia in Chicago).”

He finished his degree at Grand Valley and was a volunteer football coach at Sparta while he finished his degree.

“Sports has been a huge part of my life,” he said. “I’ve always had a huge interest in working in the sports field so this is a perfect fit for me.”

Schab is a graduate of Grand Valley State and attended Sparta High School, where he played baseball and football. He was all-conference in both sports.

Schab has a masters degree in education administration.

“I’ll be keeping busy learning the ropes and updating information,” he said. “In August, we’ll be doing physicals and football practices start after that.”

Schab will not be doing any coaching.

“I was ready for a change,” he said.

Scheduling games and making arrangements for officials, plus transportation, game management and fund-raising will be a huge part o his duties. He’ll also work with the sports boosters.

“We have a separate group, Buck Pride, trying to raise funds for a new concession area by the football field,” he said. “We have several projects we’re trying to get going.”

Hiring coaches will be another key duty.

“We have fully operational facilities to serve our needs for sure,” Schab said. ”I have some lofty goals I want to achieve and build off what Roger built here. I have huge shoes to fill.”