AUBURN, NE – New Auburn High School Activities Director Jeff Schwartz wants the Bulldog community to be proud to wear the Auburn “A” on their apparel when he takes over for Scott Anderson this school year. Anderson resigned to become the AD at Fremont High School.
Schwartz, born and raised in Alma, NE, played two years of college basketball at Southwestern Community College in Iowa after going to Kearney High School. He went back home to the University of Nebraska – Kearney to finish his degree in education, before graduating in 2010.
After school, Schwartz and his wife moved to Cedar Rapids for his first job as the activities director, transportation director and assistant principal at Riverside High School.
He spent six years at Riverside (consolidation of Cedar Valley and Spalding) and he says what he’ll remember most about his old job is the kids, the school community and the support from both towns, Spalding and Cedar Rapids.
“Once we became Riverside, it was like they became one big family. I think they’re going to have a lot of future success there and I’m really glad I got to be a part of the start up there. Hopefully, things keep going smooth for them and move in a positive way for them.”
Schwartz was also the head volleyball coach and head girls track coach for the Chargers. Despite his enjoyment of being a coach, he won’t do it when he takes over the AD responsibilities this fall for the Bulldogs.
Auburn’s academics and the coaches drew Schwartz’s interest and he knew it would be a good fit for him and his wife, who will be a nurse at the community hospital.
“When I’ve talked to other AD’s that I may know in the area, or other coaches, just the way other people talk about the school, I knew Auburn was going to be a good fit. That’s a place people do want to be at, which is a good feeling. Just came down for the interview and it definitely felt right.”
Schwartz says his main goals as the activities director are to make sure kids are getting a great education and doing the right things on and off the field or court.
2017-2018 Auburn coaching changes:
- The Bulldogs will consolidate track coaches. Last season, Mark Oliver was the head girls coach and Steve Petersen was the head boys coach. Mark Oliver will serve as the only head coach for both programs next spring.
- Jackson Weeks resigned as the girls soccer coach. Stacy Zaruba has been hired as the new coach.
- Superintendent Kevin Reiman has begun the process of interviewing potential candidates for the open girls basketball coach position. Former coach Derek Bissitt resigned in May.