Central High School announced that a new athletic director will be taking over at the school next week.

With the retirement of long-time AD Randy Powell, Central has hired Josh King to move into the position starting June 14.

King, who was the boys basketball coach the past two seasons, is a Central High School graduate.

He was also a math teacher at Central.

As the athletic director, King will no long teach or coach at the school.

Central Principal Lanc Sellden said King will be a good fit for the AD position.

"We think he will really be building the community … and developing the kids and coaches, that will be his No. 1 focus," Sellden said. "I think developing relations will the first thing."

Sellden said they hope to make an announcement next week on the new basketball coach.

This will be the third different boys basketball coach for the Warriors in the past four seasons.

King was a long-time assistant on Ryan Hayden's staff before Hayden departed for Fruita Monument after the 2016 season.

One thing that is exciting about King moving into the AD position is his Central background, Sellden said.

"It is super cool, he has buy-in at Central, this is not a job for him, this is home, and he wants to make Central as great a school as he can," Sellden said.

Powell agreed: "He's committed to Central, being a graduate, it's a good opportunity for him to take things forward."

For Powell, who has been at the school for the past 16 years, including the past 12 as athletic director, retirement means more family time.

"It's time for a new challenge," Powell said. "I plan on taking some time away and spending time with family. Right now that is the plan."

Powell plans to continue being a high school and college basketball referee, something he's done for the past 25 years.

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