Director of Athletics

  • DirectorT.J. Salopek
    Director of Athletics

    724-625-7773, ext. 6801

    T.J. Salopek began serving as the director of athletics on June 1, 2021.  Prior, Mr. Salopek served as an assistant principal at Pine-Richland High School. He has been an active part of all aspects of the high school program with a true passion for building relationships with students. Through his time at PR, he has built an understanding of the overall district and secondary schools.

    "Mr. Salopek is a proven performer who has earned the trust and respect of students, staff, and families," said Dr. Brian Miller, PRSD superintendent. "We were excited to learn of his interest in this position and his passion to strengthen the district mission through student experiences in our athletic programs."
    Mr. Salopek supported the development of student-athletes, served as a lead administrator and site manager for numerous athletic events, and contributed to developing athletic health and safety plans for all sports. Prior to Pine-Richland, he served as a lead teacher, social studies teacher, and football coach at North Allegheny School District. In addition to those professional responsibilities, Mr. Salopek was a multi-sport athlete at Norwin High School. He continued his academic and athletic career at Allegheny College.
    Dr. Michael Pasquinelli, PRSD assistant superintendent shared, “Mr. Salopek’s experiences as a high school and collegiate student-athlete, teacher, and school administrator have prepared him to be a highly effective director of athletics. We are excited that he will be continuing his professional career in this role at Pine-Richland. He is a true student-centered leader.”
    “I am so excited to begin working with our student-athletes, coaches, and families,” said Mr. Salopek. “I am committed to creating meaningful and positive learning experiences for student-athletes which occur both inside the classroom and through athletic competition. I believe in the value of high school athletics having an overall positive impact on student-athletes and the entire school community.”
    Mr. Salopek is in the process of completing a director of athletics certification. He already holds a K-12 school principal certification, a Master of Arts in Teaching in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College.