A former Higley teacher and Ganado High School athletic director has been named the new assistant principal and athletic director for Payson High School.
John J. "Jason" Lobik received the appointment at the May 15 school board meeting, after being recommended by an eight-person selection board.
"He was the pick of our committee," said PHS assistant principal Tim Fruth.
Fruth has been serving as the interim athletic director since February, when he replaced Dave Bradley, who was reassigned following a controversy over the eligibility of a girls basketball player.
Lobik has been the athletic director at Ganado, a Class 3A high school located on the Northern Arizona Navajo reservation, since December.
From 1999 to 2006, he was a high school and middle school social studies teacher in the Higley School District.
His coaching resume includes stints as an assistant in football, wrestling and baseball.
He earned his bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts, where he played football, and his master's degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.
Fruth described the new AD/assistant principal as "passionate, looking for a place to stay for awhile and an administrator who came with good recommendations from every place he had been."
PHS principal Roy Sandoval, who was also on the selection committee, said, "(Lobik) has equal know-how about athletics, as well as classroom performance, and that is important to me and to the community."
A field of 23 applicants applied for the vacant position, but some did not have the administrative credentials necessary for the position, Fruth said.
Lobik will assume his new duties July 1.
"We're excited about moving to Payson. It's a gorgeous place to live and raise our two daughter," Lobik said. "Payson also has a rich athletic history, which I am looking forward to being a part of."