Kyle Weaver. Once a Cowboy, always a Cowboy. Our story on the AD who is right where he wants to be.
LITCHFIELD It’s about 10 a.m. on a sunny July morning rapidly moving towards sizzle and Litchfield High School Athletic Director Kyle Weaver is at his office catching up on some paperwork. Yeah, the idea that educators get the summer off is a bit of myth and that’s okay with Weaver.
This is his spot, the building is hushed, its energetic clientele in other worlds until late August. This is his job along with being a physical education instructor. This is where he wants to be. “This is my dream job,” he says without a hint of what the heck am I doing here.
The future holds attractive possibilities for Weaver in the Litchfield education world. Wamogo and Litchfield have agreed to share a Superintendent of Schools. With declining enrollments and budgetary concerns, it may be the beginning of a long process in regionalization for the two schools that are just a mile and a half apart.
The 41-year-old Weaver has an eye on working in administration down the road and should regionalization become a reality at some point he is intrigued to see what might open up in that area.
But that is a journey down that road a piece if at all. In the meantime, he is more than content at where he is and what he is doing right now.
“I enjoy budgeting, scheduling, organizing and all the stuff that leads up to each team season,” he said. “I enjoy helping provide the opportunity for kids and coaches and like putting in the extra time to make sure things go well.”
Weaver’s love of all things athletic should come as no surprise. He sports a rich resume of involvement and passion for the student and the game. He started at Swift Middle School in Watertown in 2000 where he spent four years as a physical education instructor and Athletic Director. Then things took a geographical turn.
“My wife and I (Christine) got engaged and she wanted to go back to Kalamazoo, Michigan,” said Weaver. “She grew up there in fact her uncle coached Derek Jeter there. But then I got word that Don Jacobs was retiring at Litchfield. My wife knew that I was struggling to find a job and she said I should apply.”
Then Litchfield High Principal Tim Breslin called and Weaver remembers making the 13-hour drive back in the rain.
“I was driving a Jeep Wrangler and I don’t think it went any faster than 45 miles an hour. It was the longest drive ever in the rain.”
To complete matters in Weaver’s mind he also learned that an all friend and Shepaug graduate Keith Lipinsky had applied for the same position. “I said I’m in trouble, “Weaver remembered thinking.
The interview process that included a second interview spread out over a period of three weeks before Weaver was finally offered the job in the spring of 2006. The rest as they say is history.
It is often debated about the wisdom of teaching in your hometown (Weaver is a Litchfield High graduate). There is familiarity with people and parents which can make for difficult and at times awkward situations. The plus side is the familiarity with family, community and system.
Weaver adjusted well to it all thanks to some help.
“You try to do the best for the system,” Weaver said. “Sometimes instead of people going through normal channels, they get hold of me. But I’ve been blessed good mentors like (former A.D. and facilities manager) Tony Crowe. And then around the Berkshire League Fred Williams (Northwestern A.D.) and Mary Stolle (former Wamogo A.D.) have been a big help. “
Weaver also quickly jumped into the baseball coaching position in 2006 when Fran Gelzinas left the position. He still plays the game and it has been a natural fit. It is fairly common to see most Athletic Directors coaching at least one sport but it comes as a challenge with the never-ending duties of A.D. relentless.
‘I’m pretty good at multi-tasking but I am so focused when coaching,” said Weaver. “When I’m on the bus, I don’t have my phone on and there are so many other things going on with other school teams. I’m more diligent now plus everything is pretty much set long before my games. “
Weaver has also kept himself involved in playing the game of baseball. An All-State selection and three-time BL All-Star during his high school days at Litchfield, he keeps himself in irritatingly good shape, the stomach still flatter than a good roadkill. Despite back surgery seven years ago after blowing out a couple of discs, he currently playing baseball in Washington at Ted Alex Field (home of Shepaug Valley) in an over-30 league that includes teams from Brookfield, Danbury and other area towns.
“It’s one game every Sunday in the morning with no holidays,” said Weaver.
And how are you doing coach? “I’m doing okay. I would rather bunt, move the run over, hit and run at the plate. I more pride myself on defense at third base.”
Weaver’s over-30 league career comes on the heels of a 20-year, Hall of Fame Tri-State League career that ended on the highest of notes.
In his final Tri-State season at the age of 37 in 2015, Weaver went 4-for-4 in the championship game and knocked in what proved to be the winning run to lead Litchfield to a 4-1 victory over Tri-Town for its third title in five seasons. He had six hits in the final two games of the three-game series.
Weaver also earned All-Star honors during his tenure in the league and started as shortstop against the Russian National Team. This season Weaver was inducted into the Tri-State Hall of Fame.
“The only thing that I want to be remembered as is the guy who sprinted out to shortstop and sprinted off the field and just played the game hard all the time and would try to do anything to help the Cowboys win,” said Weaver in his Hall of Fame biography.
In the summer of 2019 Kyle Weaver is in a mighty good place. He sees promise in the future and yet loves the present. If nothing changes you can see him thriving in what he is doing now – working with high school students in the gym, on the field and in the game while making a program run smoothly.
And he doesn’t have to just watch others. He is still in good shape to get a taste of the game he loves and has excelled at for more than two decades. Weaver and his wife will go to Kalamazoo to see her family this summer, he will work on house.
He is close enough to the school to get things done and for the good and bad, close enough for people to get a hold of him. It is a good thing for Litchfield.
Kyle Weaver is where he wants to be. Everybody should be so lucky.