Marietta High athletic director Rick Guimond moving on

After 17 years in the Marietta City Schools District, Rick Guimond is moving on.

Guimond, who has served as Marietta High School’s athletic director since 2007, has accepted the same position at Athens High School. He had retired from his position at MHS earlier this year.

“It was an opportunity at a nearby school,” Guimond said. “It just felt like the right thing at this point.

“It’s tough changing school colors. I’ve wished everybody well and I look forward to working as Athens’ athletic director.”

During his time at Marietta, Guimond worked 12 years as the A.D., 15 years as the cross country head coach and 10 years as an assistant track coach.

“It’s been wonderful working with the kids, coaches, staff and parents,” Guimond said. “It was truly a wonderful experience. I feel blessed.”

When Guimond accepted the MHS A.D. position in 2007, “I was ready for a new challenge,” he said. “It seemed like a good opportunity. It presented itself in 2007, when Dan Brannan stepped down. It was both challenging and rewarding on a daily basis. There was a lot of reward.”

Stepping in to fill Guimond’s role will be Cody Venderlic, who was hired in June. Venderlic previously taught in Charleston, W.Va., and is originally from St. Marys, W.Va.

As for the state of MHS athletics, Guimond said “I feel like I did what I could to help improve the quality. I hope I left it in good shape for the predecessor. It’s a great school with great kids and great teachers. It’s in good hands.”