They may not be similar in size or scope, but Jason Singleton sees similarities between his current and future employers.

The former Ohio State basketball player, who now holds a key administrative role at the university, recently was named athletics director at Columbus Academy.

Singleton will succeed Dominic Facciolla, who has held the position for two decades but is retiring at the end of the school year. Singleton's first official day will be July 1, but he will visit the school periodically as part of a transition period and is looking forward to his next challenge.

"It was a very tough decision," Singleton said. "Ohio State is probably the greatest institution in the country, and for me to leave such a great school, I'm going to have to be going to somewhere great. I'm very confident that Columbus Academy is a great school. It's very similar to a college. It has 23 sports, they have lots of resources and it's a beautiful, big campus."

Facciolla was part of the hiring process and will help guide Singleton through the transition period.

"He's a smart guy," Facciolla said. "He's a very genuine person. He showed a lot of enthusiasm and passion for what we do here and as a parent he knew better than most what we do here, so all of that played in."

Singleton and his wife, Candice, live in New Albany and have two elementary school-age children, Jason and Kyndal, who attend Academy.

Singleton, 42, joined Ohio State in July 2012 as associate director of compliance. He later served as director of development and is now the men's basketball administrator/assistant athletics director.

His final day at Ohio State is June 30.

"He really impressed me and the other people at the school in his ability to talk about those sophisticated athletic concepts at the highest levels for students and the kind of needs for particularly youth sports and for participation and growing children," said Melissa Soderberg, the head of school at Academy.

Singleton grew up in Detroit and is a 2000 graduate of Ohio State. As a senior captain, he helped the men's basketball team reach the Final Four in the 1998-99 season.

"I feel like I've always been at Ohio State during great times," Singleton said. "As a student-athlete, we went to the Final Four. We opened up the (Schottenstein Center in 1998) and then from our team on, Ohio State basketball has done well. ... It's definitely hard to leave, but I plan on trying to create some great things at Columbus Academy."

Singleton also played basketball professionally in Europe and Australia.

Under Facciolla, Academy has won 23 team state championships and had 28 runner-up finishes. It also has had 26 individual state champions and 39 individual state runners-up.

"Dominic has been a very big help," Singleton said. "I went to Academy to watch some practices (Nov. 12) and pick Dominic's brain about the operations and just to understand more about the culture, understand more about each individual sport and understand more about the coaches. I was really impressed with the participation with sports."

Singleton plans to pick up where Facciolla leaves off.

"I want (the students) to get the most out of Academy athletics and I just want to make sure I'm providing them the best experience possible," Singleton said. "Dominic has done an excellent job and I want to definitely keep that going and build upon the tradition that Academy has and create more memories and more opportunities."

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