Texas prep AD, Gill, to replace Meske as Webb AD July 1

Webb School of Knoxville announced the appointment of Dan Gill as the school’s new director of athletics, succeeding David Meske, who will be retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 school year. Gill will begin his duties July 1.

“With a proven record of effectively mentoring and developing coaches and student-athletes both on and off the field, Dan has the experience, drive and bold vision for excellence to build on our tradition of athletic success at Webb School,” Webb president Michael McBrien and president-elect Ansel Sanders stated in a joint message to the Webb community.

Gill currently is director of athletics at The Episcopal School of Dallas (Texas), “an independent, coeducational preparatory day school where he provides strategic administrative leadership, direction and oversight of the school’s athletic and physical education programs for grades kindergarten through 12,” a Webb press release stated.

“Committed to promoting a culture of character, integrity and positive sportsmanship to all constituents — including student-athletes, coaches, administration, parents and fans — Gill also sits on the school’s senior executive team and works with division heads and department leaders to advance the school’s mission through its athletic programs,” the release further stated.

“His experience, character, leadership and philosophy all mesh with the mission of Webb School, our Spartan athletics program and the school’s commitment to fitness and wellness for all students. His values, competence, experience, confidence, approachability, candor and creativity make him an exceptional fit to lead Webb athletics into our next chapter.”

“Webb is a very special place where the mission, philosophy and priorities for the institution are fully aligned and supported,” Gill said, “and I look forward to continuing to pursue competitive excellence with a dedicated group of student-athletes, coaches and staff.”

Also Ohio, Florida, New York stints

Gill’s professional career also includes serving as director of athletics at Central Catholic High School in Toledo, Ohio, and associate director of athletics at University School at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida, where his duties involved athletics team operations, program development, public relations, marketing, communications and event management.

He also served as athletics director and head boys basketball coach at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, New York, and led his team to 72 wins in four seasons, including two New York Class B state titles and the program’s first appearance in the Manhattan Cup League Championship.

Along the way, Gill was named 2012 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for Western New York by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York, and picked up 2009 and 2012 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year kudos from the Lancaster Depew Bee and Buffalo Sports Daily newspapers, respectively.

Education background

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Gill also holds both a Master of Science degree in sports administration and a Master of Science degree in physical education from Canisius College.

“In 2019, Gill received The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology New Leader Award and the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Community Leadership Award,” the Webb press release stated.

Tip of cap to Meske

He also recognized Meske, “whose contributions to high school athletics are unrivaled,” Gill said. “Coach Meske has built one of the premier athletic programs thanks to his unwavering competitive edge, tireless attention to detail, family-first approach and remarkable compassion and care for all those around him.”