By PATRICK STROHECKER
George Shue did his best not to date himself.
The only problem was, with his lengthy resume of jobs within the York-Adams League, it was hard to not. But, after several decades, that list is finally complete. Shue decided to step down from his position as executive director of the Y-A League on May 31.
“Well, I just thought maybe it’s time that I cut back on some of my activities,” he said on Thursday.
And that list of activities? Just as extensive as his resume within the Y-A League. Before stepping down last week, along with being the league’s executive director, Shue was also an executive director of the Pennsylvania High School Football Coaches Association, on the board of directors for the Big 33 and a driving instructor at Bermudian Springs High School.
Shue got his first taste of the Y-A League back when he coached the Littlestown and Red Lion football teams. But, when he took over as executive director in 2010, he was tasked with a much more complicated job than he ever faced as a football coach.
Replacing Herb Schmidt, who served as executive director of the league for 20 years, Shue dealt with much more than just high school athletes. He also dealt with athletic directors, principals and officials, as well as organizing championships in each sport.
On top of all the day-to-day work, Shue helped grow and stabilize the league during his tenure. Through constant conversation and some help from Schmidt before he fully phased himself out of the equation, the league added its 23rd member, Gettysburg before this past school year.
“I’ll give part of that credit to Herb,” Shue admitted. “…They inquired before and when they started to inquire again, I think they first inquired with Herb.”
It doesn’t matter who deserves most or any of the credit for adding Gettysburg to the league. All that matters is that the move not only grew the league, but it also added more competitive balance to it. The Warriors were a strong team in a number of sports, both boys and girls, including finishing second behind West York in Division II football.
Along with expansion, Shue also found a way to help limit membership costs for schools, now and moving forward. The Y-A League is partnered with OSS Health, which sponsors the league championships, which is a major reason why membership dues are so low.
“With rising costs and everything else that goes on with running our championships,” he said, “I was able to keep the cost factor for the schools at the same place, and there really hasn’t been an increase in dues for the league.”
Interested applicants: For candidates interested in becoming the new executive director, the job posting on the league website reads: “Applicants must have proven leadership skills, knowledge of school policies and procedures as they pertain to athletics, high skill level in the use of technology and the ability to build interpersonal relationships.”
Applicants interested in applying for the position are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume to league president Janet May at JMMay@wyasd.k12.pa.us by June 10.
Shue said he won’t have any input in helping the league find his successor, fully removing himself from the position when his tenure expired on May 31. He served his time with the league and it dates back much further than when he became executive director in 2010. Now, he’ll use his time moving forward to focus on his other endeavors.
As for whoever gets hired to replace him, they’ll have a tough act to follow.
Shue may not have served as long as Schmidt did before him, but he made an impact in the time that he did. He set the league up for continued success in years to come, and that’s all he could’ve ever expected.
— Reach Patrick Strohecker at firstname.lastname@example.org