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Staff file photo / Baylor School athletic director Thad Lepcio, right, speaks to Duke football coach David Cutcliffe before the Red Raiders' homecoming game against Brentwood Academy on Oct. 8, 2010.

Updated with more information at 8:15 p.m. on March 13, 2020.

Baylor School athletic director Thad Lepcio announced on Friday that he has accepted a similar position at Peddie School in Highstown, New Jersey, beginning this summer.

"Baylor School will always be special to me and my family," Lepcio said. "My wife and son are proud graduates, and my son grew up on this campus. I wouldn't trade the memories I have from the spring of 2018, Teddy's senior year, and the day when Baylor won state titles in baseball, soccer and softball all in the same day. I got to wear my dad hat in the morning and my AD hat the rest of the day and was just really proud.

"I have had the privilege to work with some of the finest student-athletes and coaches in secondary school athletics. I've always aspired to be more than just an athletic director, and I'm really appreciative of the Peddie School for giving me that opportunity. With the community support of athletics, whichever direction they go, Baylor will be in great shape because of the way they value the athletics program."

Similar to Baylor, Peddie, which was founded in 1864, is a boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades 9-12.

Lepcio joined the Baylor staff in 2003 as a Latin instructor and became AD in 2006. During his 14 years of overseeing the school's athletic department, Baylor won an incredible 111 state championships and earned state, regional and national recognition for academic achievement and sportsmanship.

In addition to his athletic department responsibilities, Lepcio has served as director of student leadership and faculty adviser to the school's Honor Council. He also is a member of the TSSAA's Division II committee.

Prior to working at Baylor, he was the associate director of athletics at Wofford College for nine years.

"Certainly he has helped place us in an enviable position to attract a dynamic new leader for our athletic program," said Baylor headmaster Scott Wilson, who added that the search for a new AD will begin immediately. "Along with everyone at Baylor, I will miss him as both a colleague and a friend."

Contact Stephen Hargis at shargis@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6293. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHargis.

 

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