HUDSON—The new athletic director will be trading the blue and gold of the Copley-Fairlawn school district for the blue and white of the Hudson schools.

The Hudson Board of Education unanimously approved a two-year contract for Michael Chuppa to become the district’s new athletic director, at $92,000 per year, effective Aug. 1. The board also approved a contract for 11 days of work between July 11 and 31, at $408.89 per day.

Chuppa, of Sagamore Hills, will replace Bryan Bedford, who resigned June 26 to accept a position as assistant principal in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District.

"I am extremely grateful and proud to be named athletic director of the Hudson City School District," Chuppa said. "I look forward to building on the tradition of excellence that has been established throughout the district, while creating an athletic culture rooted in the development of our student athletes outside of the classroom.

"Through athletics, we have the ability to connect with students and prepare them for success in all stages of life."

Chuppa served as both an assistant principal and as the director of athletics at Copley High School from 2016-18. He also served as the Copley Fairlawn Middle School athletic director from 2014-16.

Board President Dave Zuro said the district views athletics "as a vital component of Hudson Schools’ mission to educate the ‘whole child.’"

"The primary goal of our athletic program is to instill positive values in our student-athletes that will serve them well throughout their lives," Zuro said. "We look forward to having Mike Chuppa as our newly appointed athletic director provide a leadership role in carrying out that mission."

Prior to becoming an administrator, Chuppa served as head baseball coach for Copley High School from 2008-16, and head football coach for Copley-Fairlawn Middle School from 2014-16. He also served as the head baseball coach for the Berkshire Junior Senior High School in 2007-08.

Chuppa has a master’s in education degree from Walden University and in 2017 completed the Inspired Leaders Principal Licensure Program at Cleveland State University.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Mount Union in middle childhood education, language arts and social studies, and began his career as a middle school language arts teacher in 2007.

"We are excited to have Michael as our athletic director," said Phil Herman, superintendent. "He has a demonstrated record of establishing rapport with students, staff and coaches, and he is committed to understanding and supporting the needs of our athletes, parents and community."

Other awards and accolades for Chuppa include:

• Founder of the Copley High School Athletic Leadership Council;

• Founder of the Copley High School Coaches Council;

• 2014 PTA Educator of the Year; and

• 2016 Suburban League Coach of the Year.

Chuppa graduated from Nordonia High School and is married with three children, ages 1, 8 and 11. He lives in Sagamore Hills.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC