New athletics director at WHS

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Phil Schaffer Wildwood High School has a new athletics director.

As expected, Phil Schaffer, who had been a teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Cedar Creek High School, was approved for the position at Wednesday evening’s regular meeting of the school district’s board of education.

Schaffer replaces Christel Pond, who left the position after four years earlier this summer. Pond is the new principal at the Glenwood Avenue Elementary School in Wildwood.

Schaffer had coached the Pirate boys basketball team to a 31-45 record in three seasons.

Schaffer was a standout two-sport athlete at Ocean City High School, where he played soccer and basketball. A starting defender, he helped the Raider soccer team to the state Group III championship in 2003 as a junior and the South Jersey Group III title in 2004 as a senior. He was named a second team South Jersey all-star by the Camden Courier-Post and Newark Star-Ledger as a senior.

In basketball, Schaffer finished his prolific high school career with 817 points, 208 steals and 344 assists, joining Ken Leary as the only boys basketball players in Raider history to record 800 points, 200 steals and 300 assists. He was named the OCHS Player of the Decade for 2000-2009. As a senior in 2004-05, Schaffer averaged 12.7 points per game and led the Raiders to an 18-8 record and an appearance in the South Jersey Group III title game.

Schaffer went on to enjoy a four-year career in basketball at Elizabethtown College. He captained the team as a senior and recorded more than 100 assists in both his junior and senior seasons.

(Staff writer Tom Williams contributed to this story.)

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