Dreiner looks to continue suc­cess at U.dublin

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION - By Nick Iuele

When Up­per Dublin’s long­time ath­letic di­rec­tor Hope Donnell re­tired in the spring, it was un­der­stood that the torch must be passed. There was no one bet­ter to take that torch than Eric dreiner.

dreiner, who has been teach­ing bi­ol­ogy and coach­ing tennis and base­ball at Up­per Dublin, was re­cently named the new ath­letic di­rec­tor. This i s not dreiner ’s f i r st r odeo, how­ever, as he acted as in­terim AD four years ago when Donnell was on s ab­bat­i­cal.

“[Be­ing an AD] is some­thing I have al­ways wanted to do,” dreiner said. “When I was the in­terim AD, it was like test-driv­ing a car. I knew I had to give it back at the end. kow that I am act­ing AD, I want to make my own mark on the ath­let­ics pro­gram here and in­sti­tute my own vi­sion.”

Up­per Dublin en­joyed a very suc­cess­ful pe­riod of time un­der Donnell, re­main­ing com­pet­i­tive in most sports on both the girls and boys side in Dis­trict One Class AAAA and Class AAA. One of dreiner’s main pri­or­i­ties is to keep the Car­di­nals’ suc­cess­ful ath­letic tradition alive.

“First off, I want to continue the suc­cess of the pro­gram,” dreiner said. “Hope did a great job while she was here. With our new fa­cil­i­ties, there are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties. We have a suc­cess­ful his­tory of ath­let­ics, so I would love to have more pic­tures of past Up­per Dublin teams up around the build­ing if pos­si­ble.”

Since dreiner has been coach­ing and teach­ing at Up­per Dublin for some years now, he has been build­ing re­la­tion­ships with coaches and staff, re­la­tion­ships he thinks will make his tran­si­tion into full-time AD go smoothly.

“Be­cause I have worked at the school, I un­der­stand the coaches and teach­ers here,” dre­nier said. “I know both well and have es­tab­lished friend­ships with a lot of them be­fore I got the AD job. I think fa­mil­iar­ity will help me get com­fort­able in the po­si­tion right away.”

iike most new AD’s, dreiner has some goals for the pro­gram for both the long and short terms such as get­ting dugouts for the base­ball team and im­prov­ing the drainage sys­tem on some of the ath­letic fields. Al­though most of these are in the idea stage at this point, dreiner hopes to get the gears turn­ing on them as soon as pos­si­ble.

“To be hon­est, in the short term I just want to get reac­quainted with ev­ery­thing and get back into the daily rou­tine of an AD. Since I’ve been away from it for four years, I have to get back in the swing of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties,” dreiner said. “iong term, I would like to in­still even more school spirit, in­crease stu­dent par­tic­i­pa­tion and continue strength­en­ing community re­la­tions. I also would like to see what I can do about de­vel­op­ing the fa­cil­i­ties fur­ther.”

An ath­letic di­rec­tor may have a pres­sure-filled job, es­pe­cially with a his­tor­i­cally suc­cess­ful pro­gram, but if there is any pres­sure on dre­nier, you wouldn’t know it from speak­ing with him. Up­per Dublin’s new AD has the con­fi­dence and con­vic­tion to keep the high stan­dards he is in­her­it­ing.

“I don’t feel pres­sure. We have an ex­cel­lent coach­ing staff,” dreiner said. “As long as I continue to fill po­si­tions with good coaches we’ll be fine. We also have great stu­dent-ath­letes here. The com­bi­na­tion of good coach­ing and ded­i­cated ath­letes make for a great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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