Barry Burmeister made a positive out of not being hired as McHenry’s athletic director a year ago.
Burmeister worked as Warriors athletic director Scott Smith’s assistant, learned more about the job and now will take over on July 1 as AD at the school where he has worked for 27 years.
District 156 officially hired Burmeister as AD at its June 3 school board meeting. Mike Roberts, who worked as principal last year and now is superintendent, was excited about having Burmeister as AD.
“Barry is extremely organized. He is extremely personable,” Roberts said. “He’s respected by coaches in the Fox Valley, as well as all of the athletic directors. And he bleeds orange and black. He loves our system, he loves our kids, and he’s just the right guy.”
Burmeister was one of the top candidates for the position last year before Smith, a former football coach from Niles North, was hired.
“Sometimes selection committees are a little different,” Roberts said. “The selection committee [this time] was not identical.”
Burmeister was head boys basketball coach and also worked with girls basketball, football and softball in his tenure at McHenry. He was assistant AD under Potthoff in 2011-12 and with Smith last year.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Burmeister said. “I think it was a blessing in disguise that I didn’t get it last year. I feel like I’m more than ready to continue on with the way the program is now. I’m pretty excited, like a kid with a new toy at Christmas. I’ve been waiting a long time; I’m ready now.”
Burmeister feels ADs at the school since he has been there – Joe Schlender, Dan Boland, Drew Potthoff and Smith – all influenced his career. He also thanked former Woodstock AD John Van Fleet, who helped him complete his Certified Athletic Administrator program this year.
“We have a great coaching staff, a faculty very supportive of athletics, our community is crazy for athletics and the Fox Valley Conference ahtletic directors are great people and are going to be very helpful,” Burmeister said.
Roberts did not elaborate on why Smith was not rehired. A voicemail was left with Smith Monday night, but he did not return a call.
“It just didn’t work out,” Roberts said. “I want to focus on Barry and moving forward. Barry is the right man for this job.”