The two-headed team to temporarily replace Art Ostrow as the athletic director at Riverside-Brookfield High School is now in place. 

In July, the District 208 Board of Education approved the hiring of former Willowbrook High School Athletic Director Tom Domin to serve as co-interim athletic director with John Treiber, who was hired in June. 

Ostrow left RBHS this summer to become the athletic director at Hinsdale South High School.

Domin and Treiber will each working no more than 100 days so they can continue to receive their pensions from Illinois Teacher Retirement System. Both will be paid at the rate of $550 a day. Domin will have primary responsibility for girls sports at RBHS, while Treiber will oversee boys sports. 

Treiber retired from his post as athletic director at Glenbard South High School in 2014. Domin retired in June after a 34-year career in education, all at Willowbrook High School. 

He started out at Willowbrook in 1981 as a business teacher and coach. He served as Willowbrook’s athletic director from 1990 until 2004, when he stepped down from that post so he could have more time to watch his daughters play sports at Willowbrook.

From 2004 to 2009, Domin served as the chairman of the school’s physical education department, and he spent his last five years at the school teaching physical education and serving as an assistant coach in football and badminton.

Domin said that he was intrigued by the opening at RBHS.

“The school has so many positives,” Domin said. “It’s obviously a very well-structured school, very organized. … It just seemed to be really pleasant people that were doing a really good job in a tight community of people that were interested in their school.”

Domin graduated from Notre Dame, where he played running back and wide receiver on the football team, in 1979 with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and finance. He earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from NIU in 1996. 

RBHS Principal Kristin Smetana said that Domin’s wide range of experience made him stand out.

“Tom has a wealth of coaching, teaching, and administrative experience that have prepared him to step into this role in order to continue to enhance our athletic programs,” said Smetana in an email. “Together, Tom and John have already brought new ideas to improve our current practices in the athletic department, and I am excited for them to join our administrative team this school year.”

Eleven people applied to fill the athletic director vacancies and three candidates, including Treiber and Domin, were interviewed Smetana said.

Since Ostrow’s resignation came very late in the school year and with RBHS in the midst of building a new stadium and football field, the school’s administration decided to hire interim athletic directors and put off the search for a permanent replacement for Ostrow until next year.

Domin also said the RBHS athletic website is being changed. It will be using a new program that other schools in the Metro Suburban Athletic conference use.

RBHS tennis teams looking at Oak Brook facility

The Riverside-Brookfield High School girls tennis team will hold most of its practices and play most of its home meets at the Oak Brook Tennis Center this fall. The RBHS tennis courts are in bad shape and are currently being used as a staging area for the construction of a new athletic stadium. 

New tennis courts were part of a plan that was rejected by the Brookfield Village Board in April, a decision RBHS is now challenging in court.

But with the tennis team needing a place to practice and play this fall, the school and the Oak Brook Tennis Center are working out an agreement to let the girls tennis team play and practice there. 

The Oak Brook Tennis Center is operated by the Oak Brook Park District and is located at 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook, seven miles away from RBHS. Tennis players will be bused to the Oak Brook for practices and meets.

"We are starting to schedule practices and home meets for varsity, and some JV, there" said Co-Interim Athletic Director Tom Domin. "We'll be using it a lot, hopefully. … "It will be a nice experience, I think, for the girls, especially in the fall, to be able to know where they're going and to have a solid-built facility that is pretty professional, actually."

The Oak Brook Tennis Center has both indoor and outdoor courts.

"We're primarily interested in their outdoor courts," Domin said. "Our goal is to play almost all of our home [meets] there except for any tournament situations that require a bigger school setting."

Domin said RBHS would host one large invitational meet at Morton West High School in Berwyn. 

Domin said that the final details of how much money RBHS would pay the Oak Brook Tennis Center for the use of their courts have not been worked out.

"We've thrown some preliminary numbers around, but I don't have the exact amounts for that," Domin said. "It's not very expensive. It's pretty reasonable."

—Bob Skolnik