Thursday April 4, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | News
Longtime Hamburg School District teacher and coach Pat Cauley went back to school several years ago for his administrative degree to provide himself with another option to further his career, though unsure if he’d ever use it.
It came in handy when Hamburg found itself looking to quickly fill the athletics director position at the end of the winter season last month.
He was sought out by the district to take on the position an on interim basis once it became available after Greg Witman took an official leave of absence.
In his 21st year with the district, Cauley was approved for the position by the Hamburg School Board at its March 12 meeting. He started on Monday, April 1.
“I really believe in this community,” said Cauley who earned his administrative degree in 2011 from Fredonia, going back to school after giving up the varsity basketball head-coaching job at Hamburg in 2008. “I believe in the staff we have, the coaches and the kids.
“I’m going to take a positive approach in a difficult time, while keeping the kids in the forefront and serving the community in the greatest capacity we can,” he added.
Cauley was interested in the position when Witman, a Hamburg High School graduate himself, was hired at the start of the 2010-11 school year.
Hamburg superintendent Steven Achramovitch said Cauley having been a candidate before for this position, the appropriate certifications and familiarity with the district helped make this decision and transition easier.
Cauley hopes to take this opportunity to further help student-athletes develop and continue to provide them with the best experience possible.
He’s already been doing much of the same for many years as a health and physical education teacher, mostly at the middle school but more recently at the high school.
Besides coaching basketball, Cauley has been assisting with the varsity football program for a number of years under Mike McFadden, who resigned from that position after this past season. A new varsity football coach has not officially been named yet.
“We offer an outstanding program, but we always need to look at how we can be better, even in a difficult climate for the education system,” said Cauley, who considers himself a Hamburg man even though at times he admits to being associated with Sweet Home from his days competing there as a student-athlete.
Achramovitch said at this time the board has yet to determine what direction it will take in filling the position permanently as Witman remains for now on a leave of absence.
(Sun editor Chris Gordon contributed to this story.)