Posted: 2:15 pm Friday, January 21st, 2011

Royal Palm Beach hires new athletic director 

By Matt Porter

Updated 4:52 p.m. Royal Palm Beach has a new athletic director to go with its new football coach.

Samantha Butler, who teaches early childhood education at the school, assumed duties as athletic director Nov. 23.

Former athletic director Steven Kaufmann said he resigned before Thanksgiving, but the school decided to keep things quiet. Kaufmann said he wanted to spend more time with his family and to return to teaching full-time at the school.

“We didn’t really publicize it. We wanted the transition to be really easy for [Butler],” Kaufmann said. “It was my time. I wanted to get back with my kids and my classroom.”

Butler, 33, is the direct supervisor for Willie Bueno, the former Glades Central and American Heritage head football coach who was hired Jan. 4.

She said she was not directly involved in Bueno’s hiring; Royal Palm Beach principal Jesus Armas handled that process.

She said Bueno, who has yet to begin teaching at Royal Palm Beach, recently had a meeting with some of the players on next year’s team and continues to form a staff of assistant coaches.

“So far [Bueno’s] transition is going very well,” Butler said. “He’s met the players – or potential players, I should say.”