TWIN FALLS – Twin Falls High School has hired Ted Reynolds as its new athletic director, the school announced Monday.
Reynolds is currently the athletic director and assistant principal at Middleton High School in Meridian. He will replace Mike Federico, who accepted an assistant director position with the Idaho High School Activities Association.
Reynolds’ hire was approved by the Twin Falls School District board of trustees on Monday night.
“I know the Great Basin Conference ADs really well, I’ve worked with them for years and (I’m) just impressed with Twin Falls. I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to apply and see what happens,’” Reynolds told the Times-News on Tuesday. “Absolutely looking forward to it.”
Before Middleton, Reynolds spent 21 years at Bonners Ferry. He taught and coached there for 13 years, and he spent his final eight years there as the athletic director. In 2011, he replaced retired Middleton athletic director Gerry Nutt, who was inducted into the IDHSAA hall of fame in 2012.
Reynolds said he applied for the IDHSAA’s assistant athletic director. He was mildly disappointed when he heard that Federico was offered the job.
“I said, ‘Well, I’m going after your job then, buddy,’” Reynolds said.
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Internal strife in the Middleton athletic department contributed to Reynolds’ decision to apply for the vacant position at Twin. He faced disagreements with coaches and frustrations with his contract, he said, so he started applying for positions around the state.
“Whenever my values, for lack of a better word, get questioned, then it’s time for me to move on,” Reynolds said.
Twin Falls principal Dan Vogt said Reynolds stood out from the other applicants largely based on his accomplishments. Last year, Reynolds received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association State Award of Merit. In 2014, he was named the IDHSAA’s 4A Athletic Director of the Year and the Idaho Third District Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year.
“It’s clear he’s respected by his peers,” Vogt said. “I know he will fit in well.”
Reynolds said he has known Federico for 14 years. In July, he will officially step into the role that Federico has served the last 11 years.
“I’m a little nervous to replace Mike Federico,” Reynolds said. “But I replaced a hall-of-famer (at Middleton), and I think I was successful. I’m looking forward to trying to fill some big shoes here at Twin Falls.”