Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brokas Takes over Top Keystone Sports Job

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Brokas Takes over Top Keystone Sports Job

Article excerpt

Keystone Heights High School has announced the hiring of Stefan

Brokas as its new athletic director starting the first week of

August. Brokas will replace Duane Overman, who was in the

position for a year following the retirement of 13-year athletic

director Wesley Dicks.

Brokas, 48, has spent the past 20 years of his educational

career at Keystone Heights, where he served as dean of students

for five years, athletic director for one year (1981) and junior

high math teacher for 15 years.

He said he was excited about working again as athletic

director.

"I have a job that I will enjoy working with quality people,"

Brokas said. "I was raised in the community and I look forward

to committing to running a quality program."

Brokas also had praise for the work ethic of athletes and

coaches at Keystone.

"We have a group of coaches who demand more from their athletes

in terms of sportsmanship and hard work plus we have a group of

athletes who excel," Brokas said. "Our work ethic is that we

work at it and we earn it."

Keystone Principal Keith Harper said Brokas is a lifelong

Keystone resident who is an experienced administrator. Harper

said Brokas had several characteristics that made him a good

choice.

"He is a caring person and a good role model who can handle a

budget," Harper said. "He has also coached female athletes and

is concerned about gender-equity issues."

Brokas graduated from Keystone in 1967 and went to Wichita

State University to play football. After a year, he returned to

Florida where he spent his sophomore year at Santa Fe Community

College and graduated from the University of West Florida in

1971.

He also earned a master's degree in physical education and

health from the University of Florida in 1973. His first job was

at Keystone, where he taught driver's education, math, physical

education and coached four sports.

"I was single then so it kept me busy to do so many things at

the school," Brokas said. …

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