Thursday, August 03, 2017

Former Joplin R-8 athletic director Starkweather takes Springfield job

Jeff Starkweather,  who just retired as athletic director for the Joplin R-8 School District after 11 years has taken a similar position with Springfield Public Schools.

According to a news release, Starkweather will serve as interim director of athletics and activities during the 2017-2018 school year, working part-time.

A search committee will hire an athletic director sometime this year to take over by July 1. 

From the news release:

(Starkweather) joined the Joplin team in 1995 as boys basketball coach. Starkweather earned a bachelor's degree from Missouri Southern State University and a master's degree from University of Alabama-Birmingham.

"We are pleased that Jeff is willing to step in to temporarily fill this vacancy," said Superintendent John Jungmann. "This will be an important year for our athletic and activities programs with the expansion of middle school opportunities. Using the talent of a seasoned professional in this temporary capacity will help us make a smooth transition."

Effective July 1, the athletic department reports to Dr. Shane Dublin, executive director of secondary learning. Dr. Courtney Martin, director of student services, will temporarily assist the athletics and activities team in an interim role, working alongside Marty Marsh, assistant director of athletics.

Starkweather will begin work immediately.

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