CJ Announces New AD

Chaminade Julienne has hired Jon Payne as athletic director effective July 1. Payne comes to the school with a strong background in education and school administration, serving as the athletic director for West Carrollton Schools from 2003-2008 and for Monroe Local Schools from 2000-2002. He currently holds the position of administrative manager for the Indian Prairie School District in Illinois.

“We had an excellent pool of candidates to consider,” said John Marshall, CJ principal. “Our search committee was both pleased and excited by the number of outstanding educators and leaders who wanted to be part of the CJ athletic tradition.

“Jon emerged from this process as someone who we are confident can quickly and effectively step in the shoes of his predecessors. He comes highly recommended and we’ve had the opportunity to get to know him better these past weeks. Based on his experience as an educator, administrator, coach and athletic director, we believe in his ability to carry forward the excellent tradition of our athletic program,” Marshall said.

“He is coming in at a time when CJ is expanding its athletic facilities to include a new student conditioning center which will open at the end of summer. Helping with this expansion, meeting coaches and students, and coordinating our program will keep him pretty busy from the start.”

Payne says that he is eager to return to the Dayton area and is excited about joining a school that has a strong reputation in the community.

“CJ is a school with an outstanding history and athletic program. The initial goal is to maintain that level of excellence. That bar is already way up there,” said Payne. “I plan on building on that success, and raising that bar a little higher.”

Payne said that he will spend his initial time at CJ “getting go know everybody.” Starting July 1, he will be meeting with coaches, student athletes and parents, reviewing the athletic program and learning the culture of the school.

He looks forward to returning to the duties of athletic director, and talked about his passion for the job in shanghai. “I enjoy seeing the look of success on the faces of athletes and coaches. That might be when someone breaks a personal record, or when a team wins an important game or a championship. I love seeing that look of achievement and happiness.

“I miss that. It’s a good feeling to have.”