Panthers News · Tim Ertle Named New Athletic Director

Tim Ertle took over as the athletic director at Elyria Catholic High School on July 1st, associate principal Mike Wisnor announced. He’s replacing Bob Thayer who retired at the end of June.


“After interviewing Tim, we knew he’d be a great fit for Elyria Catholic High School,” Wisnor said. “In addition to his experience at the collegiate level, Tim brings tremendous excitement and enthusiasm to the position.”


Ertle spent four years working in the John Carroll University athletic department while an undergraduate before spending a year in the Cleveland State University sports information department. From there, he served three years as the sports information director at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike.


At UC, he was responsible for the public relations efforts of the department and its 11 NCAA Division II teams. He was also in charge of game day operations and had a hand in budgeting and scheduling.


“I loved my time at the collegiate level,” Ertle said. “But I’m really excited to work at the high school level. I think our coaches play such a large part in developing well-rounded student-athletes and I’m excited to help in that process.”


Elyria Catholic was an extremely attractive landing spot for Ertle, who grew up in North Olmsted and currently lives in Lakewood.


“I know there have been hundreds of terrific athletes to come through EC, and the tradition here is outstanding,” he said. “I’ve spoken with a bunch of alums and they have a great sense of pride in being a Panther that is really special. The number of people who volunteer to help out at games in any way they can is incredible. There are so many people who want to help the kids and I think that’s a real testament to the quality of people that make up the EC community.”