Drew Potthoff has not exactly been a man of leisure in his “retirement.”
The former teacher, football coach and athletic director spent his first year of retirement, the 2011-12 school year, as McHenry’s AD in a part-time capacity. This year, he is working as AD at Faith Lutheran, a school with a 69-student enrollment in Crystal Lake, also part-time.
When one of his former schools, South Beloit, recently called after its AD, J.P. Gray, took another job, Potthoff accepted the offer to work part-time there as well. Potthoff coached football and worked as AD at South Beloit before taking the McHenry AD job in 2003-04. Potthoff took the Sobos to the Class 1A state football championship in 2002.
“It’s definitely not retirement anymore,” Potthoff said. “It’s a neat experience. I talked to the people at Faith and made sure they were OK with it. South Beloit called me, their superintendent [Scott Fisher] was an elementary principal when I was there and coached baseball for me. There’s a lot of people there I still know.”
Gray left for a job in Tennessee that is not with a school. Because the program was funded by federal grants, he needed to leave immediately. Potthoff said South Beloit is considering having him come back next year in a part-time capacity to save the school district some money.
Potthoff seems open to that, although he said doing double duty can get confusing.
“I got an email about track and forwarded it to the track coach at South Beloit, but I should have forwarded it to the track coach at Faith Lutheran,” Potthoff said. “I have to think a little bit when I’m not in the building. Like, ‘OK, this is Mooseheart, so South Beloit doesn’t play Mooseheart, so this must pertain to Faith Lutheran.’ ”