Nick Van Dyne is excited about the opportunity that lies in front of him.
A 2009 graduate of Davidson, Van Dyne is the new athletics director at Bradley, replacing Cort Hamilton, who accepted an assistant principal position at the school. Hamilton had been the AD at Bradley since the fall of 2017.
Van Dyne, whose hire was approved by the school board in April, had been the assistant AD under Hamilton since the fall of 2018.
"I'm always looking for the next challenge and the next step, and this will certainly be one that will be a challenge all the way around, which I expect," Van Dyne said. "It's definitely not going to be a walk in the park, but I'm looking forward to it. I do better by staying busy. I don't do well with boredom."
Prior to serving as the assistant AD at Bradley, Van Dyne, 29, was an intervention specialist and science teacher at Davidson, where he also served as an assistant coach in baseball, basketball and football.
Van Dyne was named the school district's Educator of the Year in April 2017 by the Hilliard Alumni Association.
"The district means a lot to me growing up in it and being one of the best districts in Columbus, if not Ohio," he said. "Continuing to be part of that success and the development of the young people here in the community that I grew up in is something I'm very excited about."
Van Dyne played baseball, basketball and football at Davidson and continued his baseball career at Wittenberg. He graduated from Wittenberg in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in special education and earned a master's degree in administration in 2015 from American College of Education.
"I always knew I wanted to go into teaching and go into education and a lot of it was based on all the great teachers and coaches that I had," Van Dyne said. "My longtime plans and big ambitions were getting into administration at some point."
Beginning this fall, Bradley will compete in the OCC-Central Division with Davidson, Dublin Coffman, Olentangy Liberty, Olentangy Orange and Upper Arlington.
"There's been a change in regimes, but there's still a lot of the same coaches over there," Van Dyne said of Davidson. "What makes them so great are the coaching staffs and when you see a lot of the same coaches. The kids change, but the coaches haven't, and that says a lot about the programs over there. The relationships are still there."
Hamilton, who coached the Davidson boys basketball team for three seasons from 2014-17, helped mentor Van Dyne, preparing him to advance in school administration.
"He was certainly someone I envisioned bringing over and working with me over the last couple of years," Hamilton said.
"He's been a tremendous asset. He's one of those guys who has a tremendous amount of energy and a lot of pride in what he does. He's great with people and there's no real substitute for the hard work he's willing to put in. I'm happy for his opportunity. He'll do a great job."