Zionsville Community Schools recently added two new additions to their staff.
The schools hired Kelly Antcliff for the athletic director position for both Zionsville West and Zionsville middle schools, and Matthew Dyer for the Z’West assistant principal position.
Antcliff served as the assistant athletic director for three years at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, including 5 months as the school’s interim athletic director. She was also the assistant volleyball coach at Zionsville Community High School.
She began her career by working for Indiana Sports Corp. as the marketing manager for the 2000 Olympic Trials and the Big Ten Basketball Tournament. She was then hired as the assistant sports information director for Butler University from 2000-03. She then went on to join the staff at Park Tudor for a year as a third grade teaching assistant, while coaching softball and cross country. When Guerin Catholic High School opened in 2004, Antcliff was hired as the school’s inaugural director of marketing and communications along with the Golden Eagles’ head volleyball coach for 4 years.
Antcliff earned a degree in communications at the University of Indianapolis and earned a graduate degree in education administration from Butler University. She was a four-sport letter winner (volleyball, basketball, softball and track) while in high school in Westville, Ill. She has two children and lives in Zionsville.
Dyer brings 9 years of experience to ZCS having begun his education career in Noblesville where he taught grades second, fourth, and sixth while also coaching varsity basketball and baseball. He then served as assistant principal with Marion Community Schools this past school year. Dyer completed his undergraduate work at Manchester College, earned a masters in education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008, and earned his license in school administration in 2010.
Dyer’s career in education began following 4 years of professional baseball.
Dyer’s choice of a career in education was influenced by his childhood. Having been born in Germany into a military family, Dyer moved in and out of schools a number of times learning firsthand just how influential schools can be in impacting youth. Presently, Dyer lives in Noblesville with his wife and son. When away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family and training and competing in triathlons.
Both positions were vacated at the end of the 2010-11 school year. Gary Ottinger retired as the middle schools athletic director and Chris Willis resigned as assistant principal.
Bob Bostwick, executive director of operations for ZCS, said Ottinger has been a teacher with ZCS for 28 years and retired at the of the school year. He was an athletic director for just one of the middle schools up until last year, when the school decided Ottinger would be the AD both middle schools in order to save money.
Willis worked at ZCS for 10 years. He was hired in 2001 as the assistant principal of the high school and became principal in 2007. Willis was working on a Ph.D. and to free up some of his time, became the assistant principal at Zionsville West MIddle School. He resigned at the end of the school year to teach as a college professor in Mississippi.
“He moved on to greener pastures,” Bostwick said.