WESTMINSTER -- Steve Thomson officially was named Westminster High's new athletic director.
Thomson, who was approved for the job at the monthly Carroll County Board of Education meeting Wednesday, has been acting as AD since mid-August. He replaces football coach Jeff Oeming, who stepped down this summer after serving three years at the post.
Thomson has a broad background in coaching, while teaching physical education and health, first at East Middle School and now at Westminster High.
Over the past 17 years, he has been an assistant football coach, head baseball and tennis coach, and directed the boys and girls junior varsity basketball programs -- all at Westminster.
"I'm excited about the position and looking forward to doing a good job at Westminster," he said.
"I think the first-hand experience in coaching all those different sports gives me a good overview of what is needed in the different sports."
He's also had plenty of experience on a variety of playing fields -- playing soccer, basketball and running track at North Carroll High and later playing football, basketball and baseball while earning a bachelor's degree at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan.
After a two-year stint teaching at Westminster Junior High in the early '70s, Thomson began his coaching career at William Jewel College in Liberty, Mo., as an assistant football coach and head baseball coach for five years while acquiring a master's degree in physical education. He also has a master of science degree from Central Missouri State University.
"He's a well-liked person in his field and by all the coaches, and I think he'll do a fine job," said Bruce Cowan, Carroll County supervisor of physical education and athletics.
"He's been with the system a long, long time -- having coached the various sports -- and has a lot of experience coming with him."
Thompson is enjoying the transformation from coaching on the field to organizing behind a desk.
L "It's something I've looked forward to doing," Thomson said.