The Bishop’s School is pleased to announce that Jerry Schniepp will serve as the School’s interim athletic director for the 2020-2021 school year. In this role, he will oversee the staff, programs, facilities and activities of the athletics department. Jerry will also assist Bishop’s in its search for a permanent athletic director, filling the role left vacant by Joel Allen.
Before retiring in July, Jerry served as the commissioner of CIF San Diego Section since 2011. A longtime educator and coach, past roles have included director of athletics at Sweetwater Union High School District, principal at Santana High School, director of co-curricular activities and assistant principal for Grossmont Union High School District, and teacher and coach at Helix High School.
Departing Athletic Director Joel Allen, who reached out to Jerry to discuss the possibility of joining Bishop’s, feels that “Jerry's recent experience as CIF commissioner gives him a unique perspective on all the decisions made in the upcoming year. His connections with many qualified athletic directors throughout the country will provide him with great insight into who the next Bishop's AD will be. Although I am disappointed that I will not work alongside Jerry this year, I am happy to be leaving Bishop's in such good hands.”
Bishop’s Head of School Ron Kim shares, “While I am sad to say farewell to Joel and wish him the best, I am pleased that Jerry has agreed to serve as our interim athletic director. As the commissioner of the San Diego section of CIF for the past 10 years, no one knows high school athletics in this area more thoroughly than Jerry. He also understands the educational experience from many vantage points — as a former principal, athletic director, teacher, coach and college athlete. Beyond the impressive credentials, Jerry embraces the values of sports and of The Bishop’s School: He believes in the formative potential of competition, and he appreciates how athletics are a crucial part of the holistic experience for students and their personal development. Athletics this year will be uniquely challenging, and no one is better suited to guide Bishop’s for the present and set us up for the future than Jerry.”
Jerry, who starts on Sept. 9, is looking forward to this new opportunity and says, “When I retired from CIF in July, it was with the intent of continuing to work in some capacity with educational athletics. The Bishop’s School has a long, proud history in high school sports and the opportunity to continue that and assist in finding a permanent, quality athletic director is very exciting. I look forward to engaging with Bishop's students, coaches and the community to help navigate this unique school year, focusing on continuing to offer outstanding programs and all the benefits of education-based sports.”