MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. Dan Richwalski spent seven seasons as the Athletic Director at Northern Nash High School. (Graphic photo by Geoff Neville)
RED OAK -- With retirement looming in six years, the timing was right for Dan Richwalski to make some changes with his life.
After a health scare during Christmas Break, Richwalski understood that he needed to cut back on his hectic schedule at Northern Nash High School.
With that in mind, Richwalski has stepped down as NN’s Athletic Director, effective Feb. 12.
Volleyball coach Patricia Haggerty will finish out the year as Northern Nash’s AD on an interim basis.
“Some times, you feel like you have done all you can, and it’s time for someone else to offer a new perspective on things,’’ Richwalski said. “I also wanted to make sure that some health issues I had won’t play a major role in my future.
“My wife -- both of our kids are now grown. It takes a special spouse to be a spouse in certain fields. There is so much time involved (with being an AD) that my wife has spent a lot of time at home alone.
“She has been very supportive, but I think it’s time for us to start thinking about the next phase of our lives.’’
Richwalski will remain at Northern Nash as a business education and math teacher. He is also open to the idea of remaining in coaching. He has been a long-time assistant with the football squad, and would be interested in joining the staff of new NN grid coach Randy Raper.
A native of St. John, Indiana, Richwalski played college football at Indiana University under Lee Corso.
He arrived at Northern Nash in 1996 as a teacher and coach and has been in Red Oak ever since.
In 2002, Richwalski became NN’s Assistant AD under Jim Brett, and he became the Head AD three years later following Brett’s retirement.