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February 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Archbishop Murphy hires new athletic director

PRESS RELEASE: Archbishop Murphy High School has hired former Division 1 dual-sport athlete and current AMHS teacher Erick Streelman as Athletic Director.

Erick comes from Valley Christian High School where he taught for six years and served as teacher and head football, baseball, and golf coach. Erick has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Nevada. He was a first team Academic All-American in both football and baseball, the only person in university history to achieve this national honor in two sports.

“As a college athlete I found the importance of teamwork and competition and the ability to deal with adversity. I look forward to laying the same foundation for our current student athletes. In the past nine years as a head coach, I have seen student athletes grow physically, emotionally and spiritually, and I am excited to help our coaches instill those same qualities in our students,” says Erick.

The combination of his skill set shows his versatility and variety of experience.  His knowledge of what it takes to be successful on and off the field will guide him as he mentors student athletes.  His studies in organizational management will provide the foundation for his new role as he begins to mentor coaches from 17 sports and nearly 300 athletes.

“The students are the number one reason we do this job, and I am thrilled to give them the tools and opportunities to succeed in school, athletics and beyond.”

Erick was valedictorian of the College of Education at the University of Nevada. His passion for education brought him straight into the classroom at Bishop Manogue High School before moving on to Valley Christian.

President Matthew Schambari feels Erick Streelman will serve AMHS well in his new role.

“I am confident Mr. Streelman will continue our high standard of excellence for coaches, staff, student-athletes and himself. He understands what is best about high school athletics and is prepared to pursue his vision here at AMHS. We are blessed to have him.”

Erick succeeds Alex Crane whose interim role will conclude at the end of the school year.

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