This will be the first administrative role at a school district for Ahern, who is 27 years old. He previously was the head baseball coach at Sammamish High School and was Seattle Public Schools’ sports facility manager.
Ahern’s athletic administration ambitions came after his baseball playing days at Texas Tech in 2008. As Sammamish’s baseball coach the past three years, his interest in high school athletics from an administrative side stemmed from working with Sammamish AD Pat McCarthy.
“I knew pretty quickly that was a career I wanted to get into,” Ahern said, “and it seemed like a good fit for me.”
Olympia’s strong tradition in athletics and the stability of its programs are what Ahern first noted about the school, and he wants to further boost that reputation.
“There are things that have been established at Olympia that keep those coaches there,” he said. “I need to learn what’s working there because a lot of things are working there. Next, I want to pinpoint things that could use improvement. When you take what’s working and find ways to enhance it, then you can create something special.”
Ahern earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences from Texas Tech and received his registered athletic administration certificate from Ohio University earlier this year. He’s currently in the Master’s in Athletic Administration program at Central Washington University. He’s a 2003 graduate of Eastlake High School in Sammamish.
Ahern officially begins his new duties at Olympia on Aug. 13 – two days before the start of high school football practices, and one week before the start of the rest of fall sports practices. He said he and his wife, Jessica, and their two young children – son Alex and daughter Madelyn – plan on moving to Olympia from Renton firstname.lastname@example.org 360-754-5473 www.theolympian.com/southsoundsports @megwochnick