At the Powhatan School Board Meeting on May 9, Powhatan Superintendant Eric Jones announced that Tim Llewellyn would come on as the new Director of Student Activities at Powhatan.
Llewellyn will replace Jim Woodson, who is retiring from the role.
Llewellyn and his family have lived in Powhatan for over 20 years and he brings experience from being assistant athletic director at Clover Hill High School and Director of Student Activities at James River High School.
“I’m really excited to get started,” he said. “I’ve never worked at a school where I lived in the same county, so that’ll be a first for me. But, I’m really excited.”
Llewellyn’s son, Andrew, graduated from Powhatan and is currently playing baseball at Wingate University. His daughter, Lauren, is a member of the Indians girls volleyball team.
He said that family is what brought him back to the classroom and family is what brings him back to being athletic director once again.
“In the spring of Andrew’s junior year of Powhatan, I wasn’t sure if the next year would be it for him in terms of athletics,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that I didn’t miss it and that’s one of the main reasons why I went back into the classroom. I was working four nights a week at James River and I was missing a lot of games. Now at Powhatan, with my daughter playing volleyball, I’ll be able to see almost all of them because I’ll be working.”
Having coaches that have been around for several decades, such as Woodson, baseball coach Gregg Conner and softball coach Marie Crump signals a strong program, Llewellyn said.
“To have coaches like that is phenomenal,” he said. “Obviously something great is going on for them to want to stay there and be so successful year after year. That’s a drawing point. I love the community and the school system has been great for both of my children.”
Llewellyn said that since he’s familiar with the program overall, he believes the transition into the role will be easier than if he was a total stranger.
“I know a lot of the coaches and a lot of the teachers,” he said. “That’s going to make it a lot easier than if I was someone brand new. I’ve been to sporting events, even when my kids weren’t playing…I just like doing that. I have a feel for Powhatan athletics and the other components like band and chorus.”
During his time at Clover Hill, Llewellyn worked under Ted Salmon, who is a member of the VHSL Hall of Fame for his administrative work in athletics.
“I learned a lot from (Salmon),” Llewellyn said. “It’s almost like a fraternity of athletic directors or DSAs. So, I’m not afraid that if I don’t know something, I’ll give one of those guys a call and talk it out. Ted has been very helpful and many others as well. I also know many of the AD’s in the Jefferson District after working with them doing lacrosse for James River.”
Llewellyn will officially take over the role on July 1.