Jeff Dietze, who recently retired as director of student activities at West Potomac after 37-plus years as a Fairfax County employee, has been named the Southern District Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). Dietze will receive his award at the NASPE convention in Texas in early April.
Dietze, who was in charge of student activities at West Potomac since its founding in 1985 for more than 27 years, is one of five district winners named by NASPE, one of whom will be named National Athletic Director of the Year on April 11.
Dietze was one of the administrators who helped form West Potomac from the former Fort Hunt High and Groveton High Schools in the 1980s. He worked with coaches to integrate their teams with students from both schools and was instrumental in convincing parents and the community to support West Potomac.
As chair and co-chair of the Virginia High School League Coaching Education program for 12 years, Dietze was instrumental in obtaining certification for the Virginia American Sport Education program. He is a past winner of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators State Athletic Director of the Year award and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Distinguished Service Award.
Dietze earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree from George Mason University.