Posted: 6:15 pm Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Ron Ream steps down as Benjamin AD, stays as coach 

By Jason Lieser

After more than three decades as Benjamin’s athletic director, Ron Ream has stepped down in order to teach full-time, according to a press released the school issued Wednesday.

The release said Ream pondered resigning as football coach, too, but decided to stay in that role for at least one more season.

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“This was something Ron has expressed interest in doing,” Benjamin Head of School Robert Goldberg said in a statement. “An opening became available and Ron came to us interested in the position. Ron has been an outstanding employee for the last 35 years, and if this is something he wants to do, we’re happy to accommodate him.”

Ream, 62, did not immediately return phone messages but was quoted in the press release as saying, “As I am entering the twilight of my years in the job force, I have been giving much thought to going back to where I started. The classroom, and teaching math, has been a platform that I have enjoyed immensely. I was initially worried that both teaching and coaching would be a lot to tackle, but I love the team too much to leave this year.

“To all the young men and women who have played at The Benjamin School and to all the coaches who have ever coached, I want to say thank you. Thank you for enriching my life…thank you for your support and love. And, go Bucs!”

The release said Ryan Smith, a Benjamin graduate, will replace Ream as athletic director. Smith was Benjamin’s interim football coach for a week last year during Ream’s brief resignation.

The school asked Ream to resign last October in the wake of a physical altercation with a player during football practice and an incident in which a player allegedly punched assistant coach Thomas Flynn during a game. A week later, the board of trustees voted to reinstate him and he rejoined the team after missing one game.

This fall will be Ream’s 31st season as head coach. He has a career record of 195-114.

The Palm Beach County Hall of Fame inducted him in 2000.