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Neibch leaving Larkin for Waubonsie Valley

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Larkin High School athletic director Chris Neibch will be leaving Elgin's west side school after three years in that position.

Neibch confirmed Monday he has been hired as the new athletic director at Waubonsie Valley. He was approved by the District 204 board of education last week and will replace the retiring Mike Rogowski.

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"The whole decision process was very difficult," said Neibch. "I've enjoyed every minute here. Larkin has great people, great coaches and great tradition. It was a difficult decision and some of the relationships I've made here will last a long time."

Neibch took over the athletic department at a time when things were quite rocky. The year prior to his arrival, Larkin had been placed on probation by the IHSA for a number of administrative violations, including having uncertified coaches.

The move to Waubonsie Valley allows Neibch to be closer to home, and allows him to be a full-year AD. Elgin Area School District U-46 athletic directors are 10-month employees.

"It's a little closer to home," said Neibch, a Wheaton resident whose father, Bill, was the longtime AD at Wheaton North. "But I really wanted to be a 12-month employee and I think to do the AD's position the right way you need that.

"I know the history and tradition and Waubonsie Valley and it's a great opportunity," he said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."

The Larkin position is currently posted for in-district candidates to apply.

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