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Tolton hires Pat Kelly as athletic director, replacing Gary Link

Head athletics coach Pat Kelly has been hired as the next director of athletics and activities at Fr. Tolton Catholic High School, the school announced Monday.

Kelly replaces Gary Link, who retiring this year after holding the position since 2019.

Kelly will work with Link over the next two months before taking the reins on June 1. Kelly will hire a head volleyball coach, head women’s golf coach, head women’s basketball coach and assistant dance coach among her initial responsibilities in the position.

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Kelly is a member of Tolton’s inaugural faculty who taught social studies and health classes during her 11 years at the school in addition to sponsoring clubs.

“I am delighted to build on the many successes of the department over the past 11 years,” Kelly wrote in a statement Monday. “I feel blessed to be able to transition into this new role in a place that I have dedicated my entire professional career to and care deeply about for its future success. I look forward to working with our amazing students in this new ability as well as with our dedicated coaches and supportive community.

“My primary focus will be to ensure that all students have the best possible experience with our athletics and activity programs.”

Tolton has 20 varsity sports, fine arts and 14 other clubs and activities, the school said.

Kelly started as an assistant coach for track and field and cross country. He became head track coach in 2014 and led the Trailblazer girls to the school’s first state championship in 2015. The track team also won state titles in 2016 (girls) and 2021 ( boys). The cross country program won the state in 2020 (boys) and 2021 (girls) with Kelly as an assistant.

“We were fortunate to have a number of qualified candidates for the position, but what stands out about Pat is his great understanding of the school’s mission and culture,” said the president and director Dan Everett. “He not only has a proven track record of building winning teams, but he has expressed a genuine desire to use athletics and activities as a vehicle to further develop our students in mind, heart, spirit. mind and body.”