T.F. North Athletic Director Dale Pietranczyk is stepping down after the current school year. The school district 215 board approved Pietranczyk’s reassignment from athletic director to teacher at Tuesday’s meeting. His contract runs through two weeks after the end of the school calendar.
“It’s a stressful, demanding job. This is just better for me. It’s really the best thing for me,” Pietranczyk said. “I just wanted to take some time.”
Pietranczyk is a 1987 North graduate. He played baseball, basketball and football and said he’ll always have a love for Meteors sports. “It’s a very challenging, demanding position,” Pietranczyk said. “I wish T.F. North athletics nothing but the best.”
He first took the athletic director job in August 2012. Before that, he was assistant principal in building control and then pupil personnel services at T.F. South and assistant principal at Lake Central.
“In his final interview, (Pietranczyk) rose to the top as a candidate,” Superintendent Creg Williams said when Pietranczyk was hired. “It was an internal decision made strictly and specifically by the school administration at T.F. North.”
Pietranczyk said his first task in the position was to find a first-week football opponent, something he learned when a Times reporter called to talk about his hiring.
“That was one of the first calls I took,” he said. “I’d like to think I left (T.F. North sports) better (than I found them).”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s in education administration from Northern Illinois University.
He said he could teach health in the future.
“I’m not sure (what I’ll be doing), but I have options,” he said. “There’s a dean’s position that could open up, but nothing is guaranteed.”
Neither Williams nor T.F. North Principal Dwayne Evans responded to requests for comment for this story.