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BY JEFF FALK

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Over the years, Rick Dissinger has served Cedar Crest High School in a vareity of ways, mostly on the frontlines – face-to-face and hand-to-hand. But now he’s taking a step back, and a step up.

Recently, the Corwall-Lebanon school district tabbed Dissinger as their new athletic director. Dissinger replaces Chris Groff, who left the AD position in November to become Cedar Crest High School’s principal.

Dissinger will be paid a yearly salary of $96,048.

“I’m just excited and happy to be part of the Cedar Crest community in a new role,” said Dissinger. “Despite the Coronavirus, we’re in a great place. We have great administrative support for our kids. We got through a great fall season. It’s hard to look beyond that. Our coaches are on the same page and our student-athletes are on the same page.”

Dissinger served the school district as the Falcons’ head boys’ basketball coach for nine seasons in the 2000s. Recently, he had been the Cedar Crest golf coach for 18 years, and he will continue in his role as an assistant coach to new Cedar Crest girls’ basketball head coach Will Wenninger.

Dissinger had also been a social studies teach at Cedar Crest High School for the past 27 years.

“It’s kind of like being the coach of coaches,” said Dissinger of his new role. “I’ll be working with people I know. My job is to continue what we already have in place.”

Dissinger earned his bachelor’s degree from Penn State. He has also earned continuing education credits in sports management, sports marketing and current issues in sports from the United States Sports Academy.

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