Aiken High School Announces New Athletic Director

Staff Report From Aiken CEO

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Aiken High School is pleased to announce the hiring of Phillip Blacha as the school’s next Athletic Director. A committee of AHS coaches, parents, boosters, and administrators tasked with searching for the school’s new Athletic Director is excited to announce its selection to lead Aiken High athletic programs to the next level.
 
Blacha joined the Aiken High family in June of 2017 and has coached football and wrestling with over four years of experience in athletics and coaching. He has served as a teacher, coach, and department chair, and was a member of the school’s School Based Leadership Team during the previous school year.
 
"We are excited to have Coach Blacha enter into this esteemed role at Aiken High School," stated Aiken High Principal, Jason Holt. "We had terrific candidates to apply for this position at Aiken High.  He was our committee’s unanimous choice to move our athletic programs into the future. I look forward to watching Phillip flourish among our students-athletes, coaches, alumni and school community."
 
Blacha is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Carolina Aiken. He continued his education at Georgia Regents University where he completed a Masters in Science in Kinesiology in May of 2015. He is currently in the process of completing a program in Educational Leadership through a degree program at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
 
“I am honored and blessed to have this new opportunity at a special place with such a rich educational and athletic history,” commented Blacha. “My mission at Aiken High School is to serve our student-athletes’ hearts, not just their talents. We create a successful environment by loving our students, parents, administrators, faculty and staff. My vision is to be the standard and to model excellence. We want to be the best, and I am one of the most competitive people you will ever meet. I will do my best every day to keep that competitive spirit going.”
 
Blacha lives in Aiken with his wife, Bri, who serves as an educator at Byrd Elementary School.
 
“I give my wife all the thanks in the world. Her encouragement led me to consider a career in education and I truly appreciate her support,” Blacha added.