Dan Sheehan's good news provided an immediate dilemma for his family.
The Argenta-Oreana High School assistant principal and athletics director has been approved to step into the same positions at Monticello High School.
The move was announced Thursday morning after being approved by the Monticello school board.
Sheehan's first athletic function after the hiring? Friday's regional championship basketball game between, who else, Argenta and Monticello.
His advice to his inquisitive children was to wear the orange and blue colors of Argenta but be ready to be happy regardless of the outcome.
Sheehan will finish the school year at Argenta-Oreana and take over in Monticello for the 2017-18 school year.
He will replace Andrew Turner, who principal Tip Reedy said requested a transfer back to the classroom after one year as AD.
Reedy called Sheehan a good fit for Monticello.
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“We're definitely glad to have him,” Reedy said. “We're excited about his past experience, his work ethic, his commitment to the school and his experience in organizational skills.”
Sheehan leaves Argenta after eight years at the school. He said the move “offers everything I was looking for professionally and personally.”
One of the projects in store for Sheehan is directing Monticello's move into the new Illini Prairie Conference.
“I'm leaving Argenta very happy, I dont have a negative thing to say,” he said. “It's been very enjoyable. I just think this is the next step in my career.”
Sheehan lives in Philo and has made the drive each day through Monticello, taking time to notice the community. Argenta teams have also played Monticello, even after both teams were no longer in the Okaw Valley Conference. And Sheehan, who has three children, knows that Monticello also made Newsweek's list of the top 500 high schools in the United States.
“Monticello offeres a level of excellence both in the classroom and in athletics,” Sheehan said.
Prior to working at Argenta, Sheehan was at Champaign St. Thomas More for six years – five of those teaching and coaching. The final year he became the high school's dean of students.
“When I gave up the coaching, that year I realized how miserable I was and I needed sports back as part of my life,” he said.