Rising Sun's Hildebran steps down, Crouse takes over as athletic director

Ryan Crouse, pictured, will take over for George Hildebran as Rising Sun’s athletic director.

Rising Sun athletic director George Hildebran has stepped down from his position, the school announced earlier this week.

Hildebran, who took over the post in 2013 from Joe McCullin, who retired after 18 years at the helm, elected to give up the position in an effort to focus on the classroom, where he has been a staple at the school for the past decade.

“After much thought and self-reflection, I realized that I was not being the teacher I am capable of being. Not only do I expect a lot from my students, I also expect a lot from myself as a teacher. If I am not able to give all of myself to my students, then it is my belief I am not doing what is best for them,” Hildebran said in a statement on Wednesday. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time as the athletic director at Rising Sun High School. It is my hope that at least some of the initiatives I implemented were positive for all the student-athletes and the rest of the student body at (the school). Even though I have said it numerous times, it cannot be said enough. We truly have the best students any educator could ever hope to have.”

Ryan Crouse, a business eduction teacher at Rising Sun, will take over as athletic director.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do (for a long time),” said Crouse, who earned his undergraduate degree in sports management from University of Delaware in 2008 and most recently received his masters in teaching from Wilmington University.

“Mr. Hildebran has done so many great things here for parents and students and staff and I don’t want to ruin that. I want to keep that going strong,” Crouse said. “I want to help foster a winning tradition here for the entire program, I want our kids to get a great education and I want our kids to enjoy the sports that they play and be successful at it.”

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