Jul 29, 2014

New Athletic Director Said Position Is 'Very Appealing'

Five-time state championship winner will be paid $128,000. First day is July 1.

New Athletic Director Said Position Is 'Very Appealing'

Michael Miello was hired as the new interim district athletic director.

The approved Miello’s hiring at a meeting Thursday night.

Miello will oversee the athletic operations at both high schools and the district’s three middle schools. His first day is July 1.

“It is a very appealing position for anyone who loves athletics as much as I do,” said Miello.

The board  in April as part of a reorganizing of the the administrative structure of the district’s athletic, guidance, and special education departments.

Miello, is a well-known coach within the North Jersey football community. He coached at Hackensack High School and Ramapo High School for 28 years before retiring. He won five state sectional championships.

Miello will be an interim director because he is receiving a pension as a retired employee from another school district. He will sign a one-year contract with the district. He will not receive health benefits from Wayne.

Miello will earn more than $128,600. Chris Olsen and Dan Kilday each earned the same amount as athletic directors of and high schools. Olsen and Kilday’s positions in April.

Miello said he has always had a great deal of respect for Wayne’s athletic programs.

“I competed against them for all those years. We had some incredible games against both schools,” Miello said. “Both programs have been extremely well run.”

Miello said the job presents a unique set of challenges.

“Our biggest challenge will be to bring the schools together and maintain the standard of excellence that the district has in its athletic program, but also maintain the identities of both schools,” Miello said.

A site coordinator at each high school will assist Miello. Those coordinators, whether promoted from within or hired as new employees, will not be paid more than a total of $128,600, the same amount Olsen and Kilday were each paid. Those positions have not been created yet.

“The decision was made not to exceed our total administrative cost,” said Gonzalez, and to have a “zero budget increase.”

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