Michael Rossetti took on a school administrative role for the first time when he stepped in as the athletics director at Ready High School, but he believes he already has a feel for how to handle the position.

Michael Rossetti took on a school administrative role for the first time when he stepped in as the athletics director at Ready High School, but he believes he already has a feel for how to handle the position.

His father, Pat Rossetti, was the principal at DeSales for 25 years before retiring in 2004.

Michael Rossetti took over at the beginning of August for Ralph Locke, who concluded a five-year tenure at Ready.

"I think that just my background helps me," said Rossetti, a 2004 DeSales graduate. "With me coming up through DeSales, I see the way athletics needs to be run. We don't always have the best equipment, but we have hard-working kids."

Born and raised in Westerville, Rossetti played baseball at DeSales and went on to earn a degree in exercise science at John Carroll University. He then got a master's degree in sports management at Cleveland State.

He worked for the Northern Ohio Italian American Foundation for about a year, helping with fundraising while working toward his master's degree.

He also has been a substitute teacher at the elementary level in the Diocese of Columbus.

"When I went to get my sports management degree, I did it with the idea of being an athletics director," Rossetti said. "I think it's a great opportunity. I know and understand the great athletic tradition with the sports at Ready. They've produced on and off the field, and Ready is a tight-knit family.

"The No. 1 thing we need to do is we want to stress the student part of the term student-athlete, and we also want to represent Ready in the right way in sportsmanship. It's a privilege to get the opportunity."

Montgomery named

girls soccer coach

Since the end of the 2010-11 school year, Ready has seen softball coach Nick Joseph, football coach Larry Wolf, wrestling coach Chance Van Gundy and two girls soccer coaches step down.

Hoping to bring some stability to the girls soccer program is Jason Montgomery, who took over as coach earlier this summer.

Montgomery succeeds Casey McKinney, who led the program for one season after Elise Berry was the coach for the previous three.

Ready went 23-18 with an appearance in a Division II district semifinal in 2009 under Berry before putting together the best finish in program history last fall under McKinney.

The Silver Knights went 7-7-3 overall and reached a district final for the first time, losing to Columbus Academy 3-2 in Division III. Ready went 4-1-2 to close the regular season and received the sixth seed for the district tournament.

"We've got a great returning group of players," Montgomery said.

Montgomery is a 1992 Westerville North graduate who played club soccer and was a student manager at the University of Evansville.

Montgomery is an insurance salesman who runs a soccer training company with his wife, Jaimee Montgomery. He also has coached New Albany's U14 Crew Juniors team for more than a year.

"I didn't play soccer in high school, but I was more of a track guy who played the game on the side and fell in love with the game," Montgomery said. "I come from the old school, and in my generation we played everything. I want my players to be in as many activities as possible because everything just really makes you a better person."