On Tuesday, after 41 years of working in the Frederick County Public Schools System and 40 years with Middletown High School, Middletown High School Athletic Director Tim Ambrose officially announced his decision to retire.
“I’m 64 years old now, I decided last year that this coming year would be my last year and to put it all behind me,” said Ambrose, who also coached the football team from 1973-2004 and finished with a record of 246-75. “I’ve done it long enough.”
Ambrose will be succeeded by Mike DeSimone, the current assistant athletic director since 2009 and social studies teacher since 1996.
“He’s going to do great,” said football coach Kevin Lynott, who was hired by Ambrose as football coach in 2008 and has overseen two consecutive state championships. “He’s a guy that’s going to have a lot of vision to grow Middletown athletics. He’s going to be great for the girls, for the guys, for all athletics. He’s going to be a great addition.”
Ambrose said he wasn’t involved in the interview process throughout DeSimone’s hiring but that he recommended that he be the one to take his spot.
“He’s done it for three years, he’s jumped through the ropes,” Ambrose said. “He knows what’s going on in the building.”
DeSimone is scheduled to officially take over as athletic director on July 1. Since he was hired at Middletown in 1996, whence he left Bladensburg after five years of teaching and coaching football and baseball, DeSimone has taken up coaching positions with the Knights’ football and baseball teams as well.
Ambrose, an avid gardener and skier among other things, says he will also work with the Towson football team in breaking down film.