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Elma athletic director resigns

The Elma School Board was expected to accept the resignation of Athletic Director Rick Rakevich at itsmeeting on Tuesday night.

“It is a huge time commitment,” Rakevich said. “I didn’t feel like I could do justice to the position. I need time with my family. My parents and my wife’s parents are both getting up there in age and I have two young grandchildren.”

A 1974 graduate of Elma High School, Rakevich began coaching wrestling and football as an assistant in 1979. He took over as the wrestling head coach in 1989 and led the program until 2003. Although he stepped down as head coach, Rakevich still spent three more years working with the wrestlers.

Rakevich accepted the position of athletic director three years ago. He has enjoyed being a part of the Elma athletic program once again, but Rakevich said the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes has made the job a challenge.

“People don’t realize how stressful the job is,” Rakevich said. “You are dealing with parents; you are dealing with coaches; there are a lot of things that go into the job that people don’t realize. At this point in time I don’t want to be comsumed by that.”

Rakevich will continue to teach two periods of physical education at Elma High School.

“I will still be around and I will help out where I can,” Rakevich said. “I will miss working with the coaches and the kids and being a part of that. My whole adult life I have been a part of Elma athletics so I’m sure I will miss it.”