Heartland College nixing athletic director position

2013-04-30T14:38:00Z 2013-05-01T10:52:43Z Heartland College nixing athletic director positionBy Jim Benson | jbenson@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

NORMAL — Nate Metzger said Tuesday he “could confirm” his position as Heartland Community College’s athletic director will end on June 30.

Calls to Heartland officials for comment were not immediately returned. But in an April 19 letter to Metzger, Padriac Shinville, who is Heartland’s dean of enrollment services, wrote “through reorganization and realignment of functions, the duties of the Director of Athletics position will be absorbed elsewhere in the College.”

Josh Reinhart, who is Heartland’s associate director for public information, released the following statement late Tuesday night.

"Heartland Community College does not comment on specific personnel decisions. However, internal restructuring is occurring where duties from some positions are being reassigned, reduced, or otherwise redistributed.”

“It’s been pretty bizarre what’s going on,” said Metzger, who declined to elaborate.

Metzger also is Heartland’s baseball coach, compiling a 269-60-1 record in five-plus seasons. He has led the Hawks to two appearances in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series, finishing third last year, and sent numerous players to the Division I ranks.

Heartland is well on its way to a fourth straight Mid-West Athletic Conference baseball championship this spring. The Hawks take a 37-6 overall mark and 23-3 league record into today’s home game against Southeastern Iowa.

Asked whether he will remain as Heartland’s baseball coach, Metzger wasn’t optimistic.

“I don’t know if that is feasible with the A.D. position being 83 percent of my salary,” he said.

Metzger has been the school’s only athletic director, taking the newly created position in 2006. Heartland began competition in its four sports — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s soccer — in the 2007-08 school year.

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