Baylor Athletic Director Thad Lepcio announced today that he has accepted the athletic director position at Peddie School, effective this summer.
“Baylor School will always be special to me and my family. My wife and son are proud graduates and my son grew up on this campus. I want to thank the Board of Trustees for the opportunity to lead the Baylor athletic program for the past 14 years. I have had the privilege to work with some of the finest student-athletes and coaches in secondary school athletics,” said Lepcio. “I am excited about the opportunity to join the Peddie School and its rich academic and athletic history. I look forward to leading their athletic program and contributing richly to their school community.”
Founded in 1864, Peddie is a boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades 9-12, and is located in Hightstown, N.J. The school is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and enrolls a limited number of post-graduates for their team rosters. In addition to Peddie, member schools include Blair Academy, The Hill School, Hun School of Princeton, Lawrenceville School, and Mercersburg Academy.
Lepcio came to Baylor in 2003 as a Latin instructor and later led the school’s outreach and auxiliary programs for two years. He was named athletic director in 2006, and has held that position for the last 14 years. During his tenure, Baylor teams won an unprecedented 111 state championships and the program earned state, regional, and national recognition for academic achievement and sportsmanship. He has also been a member of the Division II Committee of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. In addition to his athletic department responsibilities, Lepcio has served as Director of Student Leadership, faculty adviser to the school’s Honor Council, and lives on campus as a member of Baylor’s residential life faculty.
Lepcio earned a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.S. in sports management from the University of Massachusetts. Prior to Baylor, he was the associate director of athletics at Wofford College for nine years.
Baylor Headmaster Scott Wilson said a search for Lepcio’s successor will begin immediately. “Certainly, he has helped place us in an enviable position to attract a dynamic new leader for our athletic program,” said Wilson. “Along with everyone at Baylor, I will miss him as both a colleague and a friend.”