In his role as the athletics director at Westerville South High School, Buck Weaver not only wants his student-athletes to excel on the playing field, but grasp the importance of contributing to society.
Weaver, 31, was approved as athletics director during the board of education meeting July 8 and will start Aug. 1. He replaces Scott Dorne, who recently stepped down to take the same position at Thomas Worthington.
Dorne held the position at South for four years after having served as head coach of the school’s track and field program from 1995-2006 and cross country team from 1992-2000.
He was hired by Worthington schools to replace Dan Girard, who resigned to become the principal at Brookside Elementary School in Worthington.
“One of the biggest things about education in general is that we’re trying to mold people into being contributive members of society, not just contributing on the football field and then have things off the field that we kind of brush under the rug,” Weaver said. “Morals, values and character are very important to me. Those are the main reasons why I make decisions.”
A 2000 Big Walnut graduate, Weaver competed at the prep level in football, basketball and track and field. He graduated from Ohio State in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned his master’s degree in education administration from Ashland University in 2010. He completed an administration internship with Olentangy Local Schools in 2011.
After graduating from Ohio State, Weaver coached football and track coach at Olentangy Liberty Middle School and began teaching health and physical education at the school in 2007.
In 2008, he became a health and physical education teacher at Olentangy Orange High School, where he served as boys track coach and an assistant football coach.
“I was extremely impressed with Buck’s vision for what an athletic program means to a school and to student-athletes,” South principal Steve Anderson said.
“He also has a really strong commitment to educating the whole child. He’s not just concerned with them for their strength, agility and endurance and what they can do on the field or on the court, but he wants to see them excel in the classroom, socially and the whole nine yards.”
Weaver credits the experience gained working in the Olentangy school district as a key to preparing him for his new assignment.
“I got my administrative license a couple years ago, so I’ve been working hand-in-hand with our front office at Olentangy Orange as far as doing some tasks that would be specific to the principal, the athletics director as well as being a coach,” he said. “I took on a lot of the duties as far as ordering and invoices.”
Weaver said he will be taking over an athletics department that is rich in tradition and includes several established coaches.
“That’s one of the things I’m very excited about and not just necessarily (the athletic programs) having successful records over the past years and having that very solid tradition, but those are very good people that run those programs,” Weaver said. “I’m excited about being able to lean on them for some support and (get) some guidance through them as well.”
Weaver and his wife, Annie, reside in Genoa Township.
“I wanted to stay in central Ohio because that is where my family is from, that is where my wife’s family is from, so I wanted to stay local because I’m a very family-oriented person,” Weaver said. “I always like to be involved in my family, so that was a goal of mine.”
Weaver’s older brother, Joe, is the football coach at Big Walnut.