Cassville names athletic director; Search ends with promotion of Abramovitz

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Cassville R-4 School District didn't have to go very far to find its next athletic director.

Administrators did not even need to leave the district, as they promoted Ben Abramovitz, former middle school principal, to the spot recently vacated by David Large.

Abramovitz, who also coaches the Lady Wildcats softball team, described the transition as ideal and a dream come true.

"This is an ideal situation for me," said Abramovitz. "When I began my masters course work, my dream was to become an [athletic director]. I am excited for this opportunity and can't explain to people how honored I am to fulfill this role."

Abramovitz pointed out both Coy Dalton and Large did a great job of positioning the department, facilities and directing their athletes.

"We have one of the best coaching staffs in the area, and that makes this job so easy," Abramovitz said. "I really view my role as carrying on what others started and putting our kids in positions to have the best tools and equipment to succeed in sports."

As Abramovitz looks at the needs of the department, he does not see it as a daunting task.

"All the coaches have worked well together, and a tremendous amount of work has been done in facility and turf improvement," he said. "This community has done a great job in supporting our programs, and we want them to be proud of the athletes and the facilities they have."

Abramovitz said one possibility for improvement is installing artificial turf at Wildcat Stadium, but probably not in the near future.

"It is not an immediate goal," he said. "I do know that several conference schools have it now, and there is always a push to keep up with the other districts. It may be something we look at in the future, but not at this moment."

Large was paid $65,419 for the 2013-14 school year. Details for Abramovitz's contract were not available at press time.

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