Denison head girls soccer coach Aaron Bach has added more duties to his plate with the announcement that he has been named assistant athletic director.
The move comes in the wake of changes within the girls basketball program. Rod Been had been serving as the head coach of the Lady Jackets and assistant athletic director before stepping down recently to pursue business opportunities outside of coaching.
"I'm definitely excited to take it on. My experience will come into play a little bit," Bach said. "We have really good coaches and I'll lean on them to keep doing what they've been doing and be here for them with anything they need. What we have in place is really, really good. (Coach Been) has done a great job with all the programs and an amazing job with the girls basketball program."
Assistant coach Brock Giles was elevated to fill the girls hoops coaching vacancy while Bach, who just finished his third season leading the girls soccer program, earned the extra responsibility in the department under athletic director Chad Rogers.
"He's been an assistant athletic director at the school he was at before. He's done a good job at everything he's done here," Rogers said. "He's got big shoes to fill with Coach Been but I really feel like he'll do an outstanding job."
Been was Rogers’ first hire when he arrived at Denison in 2012 and initially was also named girls athletic coordinator before holding the title of assistant AD while his wife, Mica, was an assistant girls basketball coach and the head girls cross country coach.
“The Beens will be missed greatly,” Rogers said. “They are rock solid people that truly care about kids. They leave the LJB program in good hands.”
Bach does have prior administration experience, serving as the assistant athletic director at Clewiston (Fla.) High School for a couple of years before coming to Denison in 2014.
"If the opportunity came up, I'd love to have that opportunity again," Bach said. "I thought it might happen several years later. If the time was right, the time was right. I enjoy the classroom but I'm excited for this."
He started the boys soccer program at Clewiston in 2007 and after a pair of losing seasons, the team improved its record each of the next four years and won double-digit matches each season. He went 75-56-19 in seven seasons there.
Clewiston won a district title, was the district runner-up three times, made the region semifinals once and reached the regional quarterfinals three times.
Bach was named the seventh head girls soccer coach since the program’s inception in 2005 following the 2017 season after spending three years as the middle school girls coordinator and helping at the high school level in a volunteer position. In 2021 he is slated to become the longest-serving Lady Jackets soccer coach, surpassing three-year runs by his predecessor, Sandra Sibrian, and Robert Lay in the late 2000s.