Keith Lipinsky has been appointed to fill the athletic director's position at New Milford High School starting Wednesday.

He will serve as a substitute, replacing former Athletic Director Lance Pliego, who resigned March 27 following a March 22 arrest on second-degree breach of peace charges at an athletic directors' conference in Rocky Hill.

"Keith is a very passionate educator, current teacher and part time coach," said JeanAnn Paddyfote, superintendent of schools. "I'm confident in his appointment to fill this position."

Paddyfote said Lipinsky will serve in the interim position for three months and then the administration will decide how to proceed in June.

A requirement of the school district's administrators' contract is that open positions be posted internally first.

Lipinsky, who has taught and coached at the high school for 11 years, previously served as substitute athletic director from mid-September to Dec. 1, 2011 following the unexpected resignation of Ted Oczkowski just weeks into the school year.

He was replaced as interim AD in December 2011 by Pliego, who returned to the district from the AD position at Brewster High School.

Lipinsky was one of three candidates for the AD position at the time Pliego was hired, Paddyfote said.

He was appointed head teacher in the high school's physical education department for the 2012-13 school year. That position will now be filled by Mark Grant, who previously student taught and substitute taught at Sarah Noble Intermediate School and New Milford High School.

Lipinsky's is a familiar face in area high school sports.

He was assistant coach for the Green Wave junior varsity girls' basketball team for three seasons and has been junior varsity baseball coach for eight years at NMHS.

He has served as coach since October for Litchfield High School's boys' varsity basketball team.

A Roxbury native and a Class of 1995 graduate of Shepaug Valley High School, Lipinsky returned to Shepaug after graduating in 2000 with a master's degree from Springfield College.

He coached Spartan junior varsity boys' basketball and junior varsity baseball for three seasons.

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