Chuck Raterman has been named the new athletic director at Northeastern High School.
Raterman, who served as a teacher, coach and AD at Urbana High School for 20 years, replaces Darin Binkley, who died unexpectedly last spring. Raterman served as a career-based intervention teacher, while also teaching technology and strength and conditioning courses.
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He served as the interim athletic director after Binkley’s death last spring. After applying for the position, he was hired this summer, he said.
“I really enjoyed the teaching position I had, but when I stepped in for that time period, I kind of got those juices flowing again,” Raterman said. “It kind of called me back into that profession.”
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The goal is to bring a winning culture to the high school, he said.
“There’s a lot of good people at Northeastern,” Raterman said. “We have a good coaching staff. They’ll work towards getting back to where they were at. It will take time to get there, but I think we’ll take small steps and work towards that goal.”
Raterman will also help with providing input on athletic facilities as the district moves forward with building new high schools at both Northeastern and Kenton Ridge High Schools.
After 20 years at Urbana, Raterman is still getting used to wearing his new Jets gear, he said.
“I’ve met some outstanding people at Northeastern,” Raterman said. “They’ve made me feel at home. They’ve got a great principal and assistant principal. I look forward to the challenges we have. I’m pretty confident we’re going to get the best out of our kids. I’m excited about the challenge.”
The Jets will enter the fall season with a few new coaches, including first-year football coach Jake Buchholz, a 2007 Kenton Ridge grad who served as the defensive coordinator last season. He takes over for Tim Houseman, who coached the Jets for the past three seasons.
Raterman and the Jets coaching staffs will meet in next few weeks to discuss program goals moving forward, he said.
“We’re going to work together to get our kids to be as successful as they can possibly be,” Raterman said. “There are a lot of exciting things coming down the road. I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
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