The timing could not have been more perfect for Josh Knuth.
After last season, Knuth – a successful basketball coach and assistant football coach at West Carroll – had decided it was time to walk away from coaching to focus on getting an administrative position.
Just down the road in Fulton, the River Bend School Board had decided to combine its atheltic and athletic director position for the district with the assistant principal position at Fulton High School.
The change required a Type 75 advanced administrative certificate required for the assistant principal position. Then athletic director Dererk Germann did not have that certificate. Germann remains with the district as a driver's education and physical education teacher, as well as cotinuing as an assistant football coach.
Knuth did have the certificate, making him a perfect candidate for the job.
Knuth was the boys basketball coach at Savanna and West Carroll the past 12 seasons. His teams went 240-130. West Carroll qualified for state under Knuth in 2007.
He was also an assistant football coach for 11 years.
"I actually stepped away from coaching before I got the job," Knuth said. "I wanted to focus more on getting an administrative job."
It won't be easy on Knuth come basketball season.
"It's always hard. I'll miss the kids," he said. "Come winter, I'm going to miss it."
Knuth, who lives in Mount Carroll, does not see himself immediately relocating to Fulton.
He is a 1996 graduate of Savanna High School and played football for 4 years at the University of Dubuque. While attending Dubuque, he student-taught at Savanna and was the boys basketball coach.
Fulton also has a new principal, Chris Tennyson, who replaced the retired Loren Beswick.
"It's an exciting time for me, and an exciting time for Fulton," Knuth said.
High school: Savanna (1996 grad)
College: University of Dubuque
Career: Previous 12 years at Savanna and West Carroll high schools. ... was boys basketball coach at both, compiling a career record of 240-130 with a trip to state in 2007.