The Hanover Public School District directors hired Jeremy Flores, a Waco, Texas, resident, on Monday night to lead the Nighthawk athletic program.
"My wife is from Gettysburg and we have some family in that area," Flores said by telephone Monday night, "For the longest time, we wanted to move up there."
The job at Hanover was vacated when Greg Wagner resigned in September to take the athletic director's position at Susquenita. Hanover Superintendent Al Moyer said Flores was chosen from a field of 54 applicants which was whittled to three finalists.
Monday's vote by the school directors was 7-1 with board member Jim O'Connor voting against the hiring. Board member Jim Watson was absent.
Flores, who will earn a salary of $46,383 at Hanover, was working for the Waco Independent School District, a district which contains two high schools, five middle schools and 13 elementary schools.
Therefore, a move to Hanover will be quite a change for the 23-year-old graduate of Baylor University.
"Similarity-wise, Hanover has a great athletic program and their music program is on the rise," Flores, who was an all-state trombonist and member of his high school marching band, said of the comparison with Waco. "It (Hanover) is a lot smaller school, but that's what I like about it. It has that community feel to it."
At Waco, Flores has been teaching social studies and coaching junior high football while also assisting the district's track and soccer programs. He said his duties included much of the required paperwork with those sports, tasks which may serve him well as Hanover's athletic director.
A native of South Lake, Texas, a suburb of Dallas-Fort Worth, Flores said he is determined to stay at a district which has had several athletic directors in recent years.
"I'm a guy that commits and sees things through to the end," he said, adding, "I'd like to see some increased participation in all extracurriculars and all sports."
When not working toward that goal, Flores, who earned both a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in education from Baylor, said he hopes to immerse himself in Pennsylvania's history.
Yet, while Flores will adjust to a new area of the nation, that change does not include a new favorite NFL team. He said he will remain a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
"My brother has been a (Washington) Redskins fan his whole life. I think he just wanted to root for a team the opposite of me," Flores said. "I'm looking forward to being a Cowboys fan up there."