Like his predecessor Daren DePew, Granite City High baseball coach John Moad is leaving the dugout to take over a larger role as the school's athletic director.
Daren DePew went from baseball coach to athletic director and now is Granite City's principal. Moad said he gained valuable experience over the years from some of the best.
"Daren's in the office next to me so that helps a bunch, and you've got (superintendent) Jim Greenwald and Jerry McKechan always a phone call away," Moad said. "That helps a lot, too. It's very exciting and it's busy, so I've been trying to get in there a few days a week."
Moad's duties don't officially begin until the start of the school year in August, but he's trying to learn as much as he can about his new position.
"I've coached five different sports and was head coach of a boys and girls program, so I think that helped me," said Moad, a former Granite City High baseball standout who later played at Lewis & Clark College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
Moad helped SIUE reach the Division II College World Series.
He has been coaching baseball for 17 years at Granite City, including the previous four seasons as head coach after serving previously as an assistant under DePew. Moad also logged three years as the sophomore baseball coach.
Moad also was Granite City's girls basketball coach from 1997 to 2010, winning the school's last regional title in 2004.
The 1988 Granite City graduate also has helped coach in softball and golf at the high school level and also coached volleyball at Coolidge Grade School.
"John has a lot of experience in coaching a wide variety of sports," DePew said. "I have no question he'll do a good job. I think what probably set him apart from other candidates was his experience. He's an organized guy and he's professional.
"We had other candidates that do the same thing, but few people have been a head varsity coach in multiple sports for many years."
Moad is looking forward to the challenge.
"We've had some very good athletic directors there and I just want to be considered part of that group," Moad said. "The whole thing''s been pretty smooth for me because of the people around me. I can't think thank them enough because it's not an easy job.
"It's a job that's always been on my radar, but I didn't think it would happen for six or seven years down the road."
One of Moad's first big decisions will be finding a new varsity baseball coach and filling his old position. Among the candidate as junior varsity coach Scott Smallie, pitching coach Chris Harrison and veteran Granite City coach Doug Duncan.
Moad said the hiring decision is expected to be made in early August.
"It's tough because one of the first things I have to do is replace myself," Moad said. "There's a lot of guys that I consider good friends and have worked with me the last couple years. You try to put the right people in the right spots and if I can do that it's going to make my job easier.
"It's something I love to do, dealing with athletics. I enjoy it and I've really had a good time in the office throughout the summer."