Ken Ashlock, who has been an athlete, teacher, coach and administrator at Aberdeen High School, has resigned as the school’s athletic director.
Ashlock’s resignation was accepted at Tuesday night’s Aberdeen School Board meeting. He plans to become a financial advisor and will begin studying for that profession in July.
The 57-year-old Ashlock said the job’s time commitment was the biggest factor in his resignation. Although the athletic director’s position is ostensibly part-time, he frequently works 12-hour days on nights when he supervises Bobcat sporting events.
“Too many hours,” he said Tuesday. “I’m at everything. I love the opportunity to be around kids. It’s just the daily grind.”
Ashlock stressed that the controversy over Aberdeen joining a combined 2A/1A league next fall had no bearing on his decision.
“I’m 100 percent on board (with the merger),” he said. “It was a team decision, with Dr. Opstad (Superintendent Tom Opstad) and (Principal) Rocky Rocquin and it gives us the opportunity to compete.”
A 1975 Aberdeen High grad, Ashlock has coached at several area schools — including Hoquiam, Elma, Montesano and Ocosta.
He joined the faculty at his alma mater in 2000 and coached softball and wrestling at Aberdeen before taking the athletic director’s position in 2010.
“I really appreciate the opportunity to work for the Aberdeen School District,” he said. “That will be the hardest thing when I walk out the door, that I won’t have the opportunity to work with the kids.”