Dilbeck tapped for Director of Athletics & Activities

posted Feb 5, 2020, 10:59 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Feb 5, 2020, 11:00 AM ]

At its meeting on Monday, February 17, 2020, the Bartlesville Board of Education will be asked to designate Thad Dilbeck, a former teacher and coach in Bartlesville and Dewey, as the Director of Athletics and Activities, effective upon his release from being the Principal of Ponca City High School. The board has already approved having varsity football head coach Jason Sport assume the added duties of Assistant Director of Athletics, and Terry Hughes will continue in his current role as Auxiliary Assistant Director of Athletics. Matt Hancock, who will remain the Principal of Bruin Academy, will swap the role of Assistant Director of Athletics & Activities for that of Director of Online Learning.

Bartlesville Schools Superintendent Chuck McCauley stated, “We are most appreciative of the work of Matt Hancock and Terry Hughes in keeping the Athletics and Activities programs running during a difficult transition with the loss of former director Spence Rigdon. I am excited to have Matt leading both Bruin Academy and a new Bruin Virtual School this next academic year. With his leadership, we will be able to support that initiative to improve our district’s online and blended learning opportunities with a reorganization which will not add administrative staff.”

Thad Dilbeck has been a principal and assistant principal at Ponca City High School since 2012, with Ponca City’s athletics and fine arts directors reporting to him for several years. That experience will benefit him in his new position over both athletics and activities in Bartlesville. Dilbeck’s previous experience includes teaching social studies and coaching varsity and junior high football and track in Dewey. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he taught social studies and math in Bartlesville, including a stint as an alternative education teacher at Bartlesville Mid-High, and he was a coach in the Bruins’ varsity and junior high football and track programs.

Dilbeck earned a Master of Educational Leadership degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford and bachelor’s degrees in education and business administration from Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva, where he played football. Thad and his wife, Claudia, have a daughter, Adele, who is a junior at Ponca City High, and two sons, Thatcher, 28, and Riley, 22.


Thad Dilbeck