John Gerdes has always been associated with St. Petersburg Catholic. He graduated from the school in 1980 and served as the Barons' athletic director from 2007-12.
Now he is changing schools — and joining the rival.
On Tuesday, Gerdes was hired as Clearwater Central Catholic's athletic director. He replaces Keith Galley, who is moving into another administrative role.
"I don't think it's all that strange as some people might believe it to be," Gerdes said. "CCC still is part of the Diocese and is a great Catholic school with a tremendous tradition within its athletic program."
Gerdes spent 20 years as USF's sports information director before returning to his alma mater as athletic director. For the past two years, he was director of stewardship and development at St. Jude's.
"I wasn't involved in athletics the past two years, and I was missing that," Gerdes said. "This was a great opportunity. Not that I was necessarily seeking it, but I got the blessing from everyone at St. Petersburg Catholic to go after this role. I'm excited about it."