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Barry Borman Announces His Retirement

January 29, 2013
Cincinnati Moeller High School

by Mike Dyer, Cincinnati Enquirer

Longtime Moeller AD Retiring at Year's End

When former Moeller baseball coach Mike Cameron thinks of Barry Borman, he regards the longtime athletic director as a fair-minded administrator who worked to bring a great deal of equality to all the school’s athletic teams.

Borman confirmed Monday he will retire at the end of this school year – his 21st as athletic director, and 44th year at the school overall.

Fenwick athletic director Mike Asbeck has been named the new Moeller athletic director starting July 1.

“I think it would be fair to say Barry is Moeller,” said Cameron, who was the Moeller head baseball coach from 1969 to 2007. “He can look back at his days as a student, a teacher, a department head, an administrator and also as a parent. He’s seen it all, done it all – it’s in his fiber and his blood. He is going to be missed.”

Borman was part of Moeller’ first graduating class, in 1964, graduated from UC and eventually returned to Moeller in the fall of 1969. He was known for connecting with students with his science classes, including biology, physical science, human anatomy and advanced chemistry over the years.

“He made it tremendously fun for the kids,” former athletic director Dick Beerman said.

Borman, who will turn 67 in May, said he told Moeller principal Blane Collison in the summer that this school year might be his last in the position.

“Barry’s leadership has been a real asset due to the credibility he brought with him from the classroom,” Collison said. “... He leveled the playing field for all sports in terms of providing each program the necessary things it needed to be successful.”

Borman, a Cincinnati native, said Monday he plans to stay at the school next school year to help with the transition.

“It’s been my career for 40 years,” Borman said about Moeller. “This is who I am.”

Borman became athletic director in early 1992 after Jim Lippincott joined the scouting/personnel department with the Bengals.

Borman, who lives in Blue Ash, said he has valued the relationships within the school as well as with opposing coaches and administrators over the years.

“He did it with class,” Greater Catholic League commissioner Paul Schildmeyer said. “He handled everything the way a good AD should handle it. I think everybody at the school respected him.”

Borman said he has known Asbeck for 10 years and has worked with him on a lot of scheduling over the years.

“He will be a great fit for our school,” Borman said.

Asbeck has been an athletic director for nine years, including the past three at Fenwick.

“First off, I am leaving a great place,” Asbeck said. “Bishop Fenwick has been a great experience for myself and my family. It’s an opportunity that presented itself and one I am looking forward to.”

Asbeck has 22 years of experience in education and was the athletic director at St. Francis DeSales in Columbus for six years.

Asbeck, 44, said Moeller’s athletics program “speaks for itself” and added he is confident in continuing the school brand through establishing and building relationships.

Asbeck said he hopes to formally meet the Moeller coaches by mid-February and will continue at Fenwick athletic director through June.


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