Woodstock athletic director Scott Krug will move down the road to take the same position at River Ridge, following the retirement of Mike Baker.
Meanwhile former Woodstock and Etowah softball coach Tonya Sebring, now an assistant principal at Etowah, will return to Woodstock to take the position vacated by Krug.
Sebring and Krug both think the familiarity with the area will be an advantage in their new positions.
“We are keeping it all local,” Krug said.
Sebring said athletics have always been an important part of her life, and she is happy to move into the role.
“I will be going back to Woodstock to become the athletic director, and I think that is a good thing,” Sebring said. “Woodstock was my home for 12 years, and then I’ve been at Etowah for the past eight. Both schools have been very good to me, but I’m looking forward to the new position and going back to see some familiar faces.”
Sebring has worked in Cherokee County since 1995 as a teacher, coach and graduation specialist. She began her career as a middle school adaptive PE teacher before transitioning to Woodstock, where she taught PE and coached softball for 12 years.
While at Woodstock, Sebring coached the Lady Wolverines to the Class AAAAA state championship and was named the Georgia High School Association Coach of the Year.
In 2007, Sebring moved to Etowah to take over the softball program there. She also served as the state softball chairman for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association, and a GHSA region coordinator.
Sebring plans to draw on her experiences as a coach in her new role.
“There are a lot of similarities,” she said. “You are a coach — you are just coaching a different team. You are coaching coaches. There is a lot of administrative work that coaches already do and, really, I’m just there to support them.”
Sebring said the biggest changes for her will be not being between the lines coaching. Stepping into administration for the past couple of years gave her a break from coaching softball, which has given her some distance from actual competitions.
“I’ve always been very involved in athletics,” she said. “I’m glad that Cherokee County has given me this opportunity.”
Krug served as an assistant baseball coach when Woodstock opened in 1996. In 1998, he move into the head-coaching position, where he remained for 14 years. Krug also served as an assistant coach for the softball team, working alongside Sebring for several seasons.
In 2012, Krug became an assistant principal and Woodstock’s athletic director.
River Ridge principal Darrell Herring said he is happy to have Krug on staff.
“He has veteran status like (Baker), who is retiring,” Herring said. “He hasn’t been at it as long, but he is a lot of athletic experience. I don’t think we are going to miss a beat athletic director-wise.”
While Krug hasn’t been an athletic director long, he is ready for a new challenge. Part of his challenge will be helping River Ridge transition from Class AAAA to Class AAAAA.
“Obviously, I am used to everything at Woodstock, so I am looking forward to meeting new people and working with new people,” Krug said. “There are a lot of good things about River Ridge and I’m excited to be a part of it and ready for the challenge.”
For Krug, one of the more appealing aspects of the new position is the newness of River Ridge. The school will be entering its sixth year in the fall, and many of the facilities are still undergoing upgrades as the respective booster programs get money.
“Everything is so new and the facilities are great,” Krug said. “The programs have already had a lot of success, and I look forward to being a part of that. The programs are heading in the right direction. They have already won a lot of region titles and had some success. I hoping to help them improve upon it.”
Krug said the biggest change for him will be cheering for the Knights instead of the Wolverines. He’ll have to get used to it quickly, since River Ridge opens the 2014 football season by hosting Woodstock on Aug. 22.
“I’ll adapt,” Krug said. “I’m used to Woodstock after coaching there for so long. It won’t take me long to start supporting the students at my new school and everything they are about.”
Woodstock football coach Brent Budde, who has been at the school since 1998, said he’s sad to lose Krug, but he’s excited for Sebring and what she has to offer the athletic department.
“I’m excited that Tonya is getting the chance to move up and be an athletic director, and I think that she is going to do a great job,” Budde said. “At the same time, coach Krug has been at Woodstock since the school opened and has been a great mentor. I’m going to miss him, but at least he isn’t going too far.
“It’s nice to know we are getting someone who knows the county and is very smart in the athletic field. That is very exciting.”