New Middle Township High School Athletic Director Sharon Rementer was definitely in her element a few weeks ago when two students signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics.
“We have a great student-athlete culture at this school,” said the 37-year-old Ocean View resident. “These signings are a perfect example of that.”
Rementer's full-on approach to the position is infectious. Her hiring was necessitated when former Township School District Athletic Director Scott Lodgek resigned in September amid a theft investigation in which he admitted to stealing $1,825 from the high school sports account, police said.
Lodgek, 48, of Linwood, was charged with official misconduct and theft, according to township police.
But that's in the past, Right now, Rementer is focusing on the future.
"My job is to make things as enjoyable and convenient as I can for our athletes," said Rementer, a graduate of Stockton University with an athletic background in soccer.
"The kids deserve the best possible atmosphere when they're competing for their school. I remember what it was like when I played, and I just want to make sure everything goes smoothly for them."
Middle principal Frank Riggitano, who will retire in December, thinks Rementer's hiring will be a boon to the school.
"She's definitely a high-energy person," he said. "When she puts her mind to something, she's all in, and that's good for the school and her students."
Rementer dedicates her off hours to fitness and her two dogs, but she really can't wait to come to work every morning.
"Just being around the students gives you a certain buzz," she said. "There's something to be said about working around young people. It keeps you young yourself."