Friday, May 19, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Don Einolf always had the dream of becoming an athletic director one day. That day came a lot sooner than expected for the Shiloh boys basketball coach when Einolf was named the Snellville school's athletic and activities director on Thursday.
"One of my career goals was to be an AD one day, so I guess I'm living the dream a little early," Einolf said. "I'm very grateful for the opportunity given and look forward to challenges ahead."
Einolf, 35, takes over for Ed Shaddix who is leaving his alma mater for an assistant principal position at Dacula High School.
"He was everything they said he was when we hired him from Norcross," Shaddix said. "They called him 'The Mayor' and he's lived up to that here at Shiloh."
Einolf led Shiloh to a 23-6 record and the Region 8-AAAAA regular-season title as the Generals' basketball coach in his first season at Shiloh. The Generals were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Peachtree Ridge 46-43.
"The success with the basketball team this year was outstanding, but he's also a great person outside in the community," Shaddix said. "He's just a total package deal - a great community guy and great with the kids. He's just a fantastic teacher and coach."
Before coming to Shiloh last year, Einolf was an assistant basketball coach at Norcross High School where he got the nickname "The Mayor" for his ability to resolve problems and get along with everyone.
Einolf will now have the task of balancing his athletic-director duties with his coaching responsibilities.
"Finding time to do both is not going to be a problem," Einolf said. "I think you can balance both and find time to do both and I'm going to make sure I do both well."
Off the court, Einolf has been instrumental in helping five seniors sign college basketball scholarships, with the possibility of two more in the next week.
"I'm excited to be working with a great community like Shiloh and to continue to build on its success," Einolf said. "I want to make Shiloh second to none in Gwinnett County."