Oak Park and River Forest High School announced the appointment of John Stelzer as the school’s new athletic director.

Stelzer takes over for Barry Huitema, who left after three years at OPRF to take the A.D. position at Glenbard West High School.

“John’s knowledge about and commitment to our students and Huskie spirit and pride, coupled with his 15 year’s experience in athletic administration and events management, make him the ideal choice to oversee our extensive athletic program that plays such a critical and valuable role in the development of our students,” said District 200 Superintendent Dr. Attila J. Weninger in a press release issued by the school.

Stelzer served as an assistant athletic director under Huitema for three years, where he also served as co-sponsor of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Program and helped develop the Huskie Athletic Council.

Prior to coming to OPRF, Stelzer worked for the Chicago Fire soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation. Stelzer was also an assistant men’s soccer coach for Loyola University.


-Brad Spencer

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