Central Catholic names new athletic director

Nate Thomas. (Photo courtesy Central Catholic High School)

By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Central Catholic High School has announced the hiring of Nate Thomas as its next athletic director.

Thomas begins his duties in July, succeeding Hud Venerable, who retires on June 30 after five years with the Saints.

“Nate brings with him experience at the collegiate level and is committed to Central Catholic’s mission,” said Sean Foster, Central Catholic High School principal. “He’s the right person to continue the tradition of excellence in Saints Athletics and build upon the strong foundation left by Hud Venerable.”

Thomas has worked in college athletic departments for twelve years, the last three as the Director of Football Academics at Illinois State University. Prior to Illinois State University, he spent five years at Iowa State University, two years at the University of North Florida, and two years at Mississippi State University.

“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to lead and serve the student-athletes and coaches of Central Catholic High School,” said Thomas in a news release. “I have a sincere passion for athletics and the development of student-athletes. My core values align with the vision and mission the school already has in place. My goal is to build upon and embrace the past successes of Saints athletics, while working with our coaches to help lead Central Catholic to new heights.”

 Thomas lives in Bloomington with his wife Kate and their three children.

Neil Doyle can be reached at [email protected]


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