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DeKalb School District 428 Board approves contract for new athletic director

Peter Goff's contract to become DeKalb School District 428's new athletic director was approved by the district board Tuesday.
Peter Goff's contract to become DeKalb School District 428's new athletic director was approved by the district board Tuesday.

DeKALB – Starting July 1, Peter Goff will assume his new role as DeKalb School District 428 director of athletics and activities after the district board unanimously approved his contract Tuesday.

Goff said he has been coming to DeKalb his whole life and knows a lot of the coaches and the community, so it was very humbling to gain the position. He said that he hopes to attend as many games and activities as he possibly can and joked that he will be able to do so because of his understanding wife.

“You will see me a lot,” Goff said. “I’m all over the place.”

Goff’s contract will be for 260 days and will carry a $115,000 salary. He will be eligible for a one-time merit increase based on a positive evaluation by his supervisor during the 2018-19 school year.

The board also will assume Goff’s entire Teachers’ Retirement System contribution. He also will be entitled to 20 vacation days and 15 days of sick leave, with the ability to accumulate four personal days that can be converted to sick days.

Goff served as athletic director of Kaneland School District 302 since 2014. He also served as an interim softball coach in 2015 and helped his team finish third in the Class 3A softball state tournament that year.

He thanked the Kaneland district board and all of the district’s coaches for helping pave the way for his new position.

Before that, he was dean of students at Sycamore High School for two years.

The district’s previous athletic director, Nic Kearfott, announced his resignation in March and will take an athletic director position at Normal Community High School. He was the third person to hold the DeKalb position since 2012.

Goff said he has been in close contact with Kearfott about finding a new conference for DeKalb starting in the 2019-2020 school year, something that was a top priority for Kearfott.

“When I notified the principal and the superintendent, that was one of my goals I hoped to get done on my watch,” Kearfott said in March. “One, we should be on that timeline, but also two, it’s something that has fallen on my desk while I’m here. I don’t want to leave that to the next person to come in here and need to get it done. I’m optimistic about it, but I can’t control how fast they move on the other end of the table.”

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