CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s the same job in the same conference.
But, Scott Kibby said, “This is not a lateral move.”
Kibby, 47, has been selected as athletics director at Iowa City West, pending approval from the Iowa City Community Schools Board of Education.
The AD at Cedar Rapids Jefferson since 2002, Kibby will succeed Marv Reiland on July 1. Reiland, 63, will retire after 22 years with the school.
“Professionally, this is an awesome opportunity,” Kibby said Tuesday afternoon. “The hard part is saying goodbye to a lot of people here that I care a lot about.”
West principal Jerry Arganbright announced his recommendation earlier Tuesday.
“Scott understands the intensity and work needed to go into a Class 4A (athletics) program,” Arganbright said. “We had a nice applicant pool, and everybody appreciates the fact that Scott had a good work experience at a 4A school.”
The hire will go to the Board on March 20.
A 1982 Jefferson graduate, Kibby has been the AD at his alma mater since 2002. And though Jefferson and West are both 4A schools and both members of the Mississippi Valley Conference, the schools’ athletic status is quite different these days.
West already has claimed state championships this school year in volleyball and girls’ basketball. The wrestling team finished third, and the boys’ basketball team is a state-title hopeful this week.
“In the past year, 10 of the 21 sports at West have finished in the top five in the state,” Kibby said. “Eleven have won (MVC divisional) championships. They are having a lot of success down there.”
Meanwhile, several of Jefferson’s programs are in a down cycle. The football program has lost 22 consecutive games, and Coach Jim Womochil resigned in January. Kibby said a new football coach could be hired within a week.
West’s athletics excellence isn’t the only reason for Kibby’s move.
His wife, Kari, has a financial-planning office in North Liberty. Their children will be out of the house after the school year.
Plus, “We always said we wanted to live in a university community,” he said. “The arts, the energy of a university town, that’s something we’ve always wanted to be a part of.”
Reiland said of his successor: “Scott works hard. He understands the (Mississippi Valley Conference). He’s a professional.”
Kibby began his teaching and coaching career at Eddyville-Blakesburg. He came to Jefferson in 1992, teaching math and coaching basketball and baseball before succeeded Jim Taylor as athletics director.