ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Dustin Rennspies has played professional baseball and has coached the sport for over 20 years in Florida and Georgia, but he said being named Alpharetta High School athletic director is his “dream job.”
“It is very exciting,” Rennspies said. “This is something I’ve worked hard toward academically, to move up into a leadership position. Being in athletics all my life, I’ve always wanted to be an AD, and to take over a high school with the prestige and size of Alpharetta is a dream come true.”
Rennspies was drawn to Alpharetta by its reputation of high standards in athletics and academics.
“It’s a great school in a great area in the northwest learning center [of Fulton County],” he said. “It’s sought after academically, but the school itself has a great athletic reputation. We just need to keep building on the culture that’s there.”
Alpharetta won the 2017 Class 6A Director’s Cup, which awards the state’s top overall athletics program in each classification, and its teams have captured two state championships and two state runner-up placements the past two years.
The anticipation of success can be a challenge to a new athletic director.
“There is an expectation because of the level of student-athletes we have in this area,” Rennspies said. “But we will put in the processes to make sure that we are taking care of our student-athletes, keeping them on track to graduate and actively help them in recruiting to make it to the next level.”
Rennspies’ extensive coaching career should be beneficial in his new role.
“You see things done in a lot of different ways, and I’ve seen some things that have not worked and those that have been fantastic to achieve success and the level of success that is expected,” he said. “I have taken a lot of philosophies outside of my own.’
Before the Raiders take the field for the 2019-20 season, Rennspies will focus on his school’s community.
“It’s extremely important to build those relationships with the coaches, assistants and community members,” he said. “My first focus is getting to know my coaches and making sure we have a close culture ... If you want to have department-wide success, you have to have those relationships across all sports.”
Rennspies, who most recently served as an assistant coach for Milton baseball, takes over Alpharetta’s athletics department after Dan Devine left the school to coach football at Etowah.
Rennspies also spent time as the head baseball coach for West Hall and as an assistant at the high school and collegiate levels in Florida and Alabama.
He also played for the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers minor league affiliates in the early 1990s.