Depew Wants to Have an Impact as A.D.

WHEELING – Linsly football coach B.J. Depew got a quick indoctrination into exactly what the life of an Athletic Director is going to be like.

With his team in Pennsylvania taking its annual week-long retreat to concentrate on football, Depew had to rush back to Wheeling for an Athletic Director’s meeting at WesBanco Arena.

After, it was back to Pennsylvania and more football.

Depew wouldn’t have it any other way.

Depew became just the third athletic director in the last four decades when he took over for Dan Buchwach, who was also an assistant football coach when Depew’s father, Terry, was the head coach at the school.

Buchwach resigned the position at the end of the school year in June.

“One of the stipulations of me taking the job was that I would get to remain as the football coach,” Depew said. “I really enjoy coaching football, and if I had to give that up, I don’t think I would have taken the (AD) job.

“The decision was made that I could do both, as many people have done. I know I have a lot to learn but I also know I’m learning new things every year as a football coach.”

Depew said it is helpful that Buchwach will remain at Linsly.

“When he told me he was stepping down, at first I didn’t think I would want to do it,” Depew said, noting his obligations to the football program. “But the more he talked about it, I realized I could have an even bigger impact on more kids at the school. That appealed to me. Having an impact on our kids and being a positive role model.”

Depew is also the mathematics department head at Linsly, but will have a reduced class load this school year to give him more time to deal with the ever-growing athletic department at the school.

The school also recently hired a new assistant athletics director, Raymond Smith, who, like Depew, is a member of the school’s mathematics department. He replaces Mark Zavatsky, who recently resigned and moved to Florida.

In addition to Smith, three new coaches will be on staff this fall.

Mike Church has taken over for Zavatsky as golf coach; Maggie Allison replaced Erica Hall as the girls’ basketball coach and Chelsea Miazgowicz replaced Hall as the girls’ soccer coach.

“We are in a great place here at the school,” Depew said. “Right now, I think my vision for the job is to be a positive influence, keep the programs successful and make sure we, as an athletic department, exemplify all the good things about our school.”