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Tom Kim to be OK’d as DeKalb athletic director

Will take over Barbs leadership from Bryon Houy

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 11:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:15 a.m. CDT

The DeKalb School District 428 board will hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the district’s office on South Fourth Street, where the board is set to approve Tom Kim as the new DeKalb High School athletic director.

Kim is currently the associate principal for curriculum and instruction at Grayslake Central High School, and was the school’s athletic director from 2008 to 2012 before moving over into his new role.

Before Grayslake Central, Kim was at Elgin High School, where he spent time as an assistant athletic director, as well as the head coach of the Maroons’ football and girls track and field teams. Kim was Elgin’s football coach from 2004 to 2007, where he had a career record of 11-25.

Kim will replace Bryon Houy, who resigned in March after less than two years on the job.

Houy was hired to replace Dan Jones, now the athletic director at Hindsale Central, in July 2012. Jones had been DeKalb’s athletic director since 2005.

DeKalb’s main coaching hire during Houy’s tenure came in February 2013, after interim football coach Todd Hallaron was not rehired after a 2-7 season in 2012. Houy worked with a search committee, which ultimately chose Matt Weckler, who had coached at Belvidere from 2007 to 2012. The Barbs went 5-5 in 2013, making the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Houy’s resignation will be effective June 30.

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