July 16, 2014

Juenger appointed as SWIC athletic director

The Southwestern Illinois College Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to appoint interim athletic director Mike Juenger to the position permanently.

"Given his extensive experience with the college and the relationships he's built with schools and athletic programs throughout the community, we feel he'll be a great fit for the position," SWIC Vice President of Student Development Staci Clayborne said of Juenger who has served as the school's women's basketball coach since 1998.

Juenger said he is thrilled for the opportunity to continue and to advance in his career in his home town.

"I am very excited to take on this newest opportunity with SWIC and continuing the strong tradition of Blue Storm athletics in the community, region and nation," Juenger said. "As a Belleville native and former SWIC player, I can't think of a better place to continue my career."

Juenger will permanently replace longtime former athletic director and men's basketball coach Jay Harrington who retired last month.

Juenger, will continue to serve as women's basketball coach. School leaders said the men's basketball coach position will remain open until a new coach can be found with no interim person named at the Wednesday meeting.

School leaders said in June they wanted to have a permanent athletic director in place before a new men's basketball coach is selected to allow the new athletic director to be involved in the hiring process.

"Now that an athletic director has been appointed, we will move foreword with the process to advertise for a part-time men's basketball coach with a goal to make a hiring recommendation in the coming months," Clayborne said.

Juenger has a record of 335-182 as women's basketball coach. He has made five appearances at the National Junior College Athletic Association, placing as high as second in 2000.

In other SWIC business Wednesday, trustees accepted the resignation of Sam Wolf Granite City Campus executive director Frank Miles who decided to leave the school less than a year after he started.

Miles, previously the business development manager at the Tri-City Port District, started the SWIC job on the job Aug. 1, 2013. He left to come Administrator of Community Development for Madison County.

The board also decided to streamline its management for its Programs and Services for Older Persons organization. Three assistant director positions have been folded into two jobs which will be funded with grant money.

SWIC spokesman Mike Fleming said one of the assistant director jobs was open because of a retirement which made this a good time to reorganize.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or call 239-2626.

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