NAPPANEE – NorthWood High School and director of athletics, Roman Smith, announced the recommendation to hire AJ Risedorph as assistant athletic director on Monday, May 17.
This will be pending school board approval on Monday, May 24.
Risedorph currently serves NorthWood High School, and just completed his tenth year teaching, and his ninth year at Wa-Nee Community Schools. As a classroom teacher, Risedorph instructed government, US and world history, and developed a Community Service through Leadership course. He has also served in both coaching and club sponsorship capacities, serving as the co-sponsor for student council.
This past winter, Risedorph completed his ninth season as a varsity assistant basketball coach for Aaron Wolfe and the Panther basketball program. He is currently in his fourth season as the head baseball coach, a position that he will be able to maintain within his new role.
“Our search centered on finding an individual who believes in the values and mission of Wa-Nee Community Schools, understands the changing landscape of interscholastic athletics, and possesses the skills necessary to sustain and grow NorthWood’s tradition of excellence – athletically and academically,” Smith said. “He clearly separated himself from the very diverse candidate pool for this position. We are excited for him to bring those experiences to the forefront as we advance our athletic department.
“AJ is a phenomenal leader and will be a tremendous mentor to our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.”
Risedorph, a 2006 graduate from East Noble High School, participated in baseball, basketball and football. He went on to play Division 1 baseball and graduate from Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne (now Purdue Fort Wayne) in 2011.
“Within this new role I am confident that AJ will thrive and continue to be a valued and respected leader within NorthWood High School, the Panther family, and our community,” Smith stated. “I also appreciate the staff and coaches who provided guidance and assistance during the process to recommend this critical position for our athletic department and school.”
Risedorph and his wife, Jenna, have three daughters: Quinlynn (8), Reagan (4), and Adley (4 months).