DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 board unanimously approved Tom Kim as the new DeKalb High School athletic director at a special meeting Friday morning.
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 into his new role.
Before Grayslake Central, Kim worked 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.
"There were a lot of interesting opportunities there in terms of what is potentially happening in that district and what is already happening," Kim told the Daily Chronicle. "... I know DeKalb is very passionate about their athletics, they're very passionate about what athletics does for the kids."
DeKalb school board president Tracy Williams said there were over 60 applicants for the position.
"Tom was firmly impressive all throughout the interview process, and it's very clear that we got a quality individual. We're very excited to welcome him here to DeKalb," Williams said. "I know he's already been looking in the area to relocate to our community, and that speaks volumes. You want people to buy into your community and become a part of it. We know he's anxious to get started, and we're excited to have him."
Houy's resignation will be effective June 30, and Kim's official start date is July 1.
However, Kim will be tasked with filling all of the school's vacant coaching positions immediately. DeKalb currently has six varsity head coaching positions posted on the school's website, including boys and girls basketball.
The other open positions are volleyball, boys bowling, girls bowling and girls tennis.
"Some of those were purposely not filled until he got here so that he would have the ability to have input on those decisions," Williams said. "He will be starting right away, and there will be a transition period here, and I anticipate it going very smoothly."