Dreiner looks to continue success at U.dublin
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.”