Now, five years later, he’s replacing Lanham again.
“Dave is definitely one of the better athletic directors in the county,” Rutledge said. “Anyone who knows him knows how organized and professional he is. Replacing him the first time, he was great with how he showed me how he does things.”
Once Rutledge heard of Lanham’s decision, he contacted Severna Park principal Patrick Bathras to make him aware of his interest in the position. Once hired, Rutledge has been working with Lanham at Severna Park to ease the transition.
“Mr. Rutledge is extremely knowledgeable and has been very successful in serving as athletic director during the past five years at Meade High School, and five years as assistant athletic director at Northeast High School,” Bathras said in a statement. “SPHS is very pleased to have Mr. Rutledge join our athletics department as the newly named athletic director for the 2019-2020 school year.”
While at Meade, Rutledge helped oversee improvements to the athletic facilities. Once an opportunity presented itself in the form of assistance from the Maryland Live! Casino, a new set of bleachers and press box were installed. Additionally, a new building used as a ticket booth, concession stand and restrooms was built. The turf and track were replaced and a new scoreboard was installed at the stadium.
The gym was also renovated and improvements were made to the softball dugouts.
“I tried to make sure that any team that needed facilities maintenance got what they needed,” Rutledge said.
While he’s been a part of the overhaul of the athletic facilities at Northeast and the renovations at Meade, that is something he might not have to worry about right away at Severna Park. With the new school up and with some new athletic facilities, Rutledge won’t need to walk around his new campus wearing a hard hat anytime soon.
“Obviously, one of the reasons I wanted to go to Severna Park is the facilities are second to none,” Rutledge said. “I get to come here and enjoy this beautiful facility, but there might be some things I want to improve. Anytime you travel outside of Anne Arundel County you realize we have it pretty good here.”
Rutledge will be assisted by Matt Rogers, a teacher at Severna Park who has also worked with the Unified sports. According to Rutledge, his successor at Meade has not been named yet.
“I’m very proud of my time at Meade. Mr. Yore is an amazing individual and I will always cherish the time I had with him,” Rutledge said of principal John Yore. “He’s just one of the best people I have worked for and I appreciate everything he’s done for me. Moving on from him was tough.”