Park District hires new recreation director

February 23, 2019

DIXON – The Park District’s new recreation director brings a background in athletics and teaching to the position.

The district hired Dixon native Seth Nicklaus on Friday from a pool of around 75 applicants to replace former rec director Terry Shroyer, who accepted an early retirement package in December.

Nicklaus, who starts March 1, is an assistant basketball coach at Dixon High School and was a gym teacher, math teacher, health teacher, athletic director and basketball coach at Faith Christian School in Grand Detour.

“Seth couldn’t be more passionate about working with the youth of our community and helping our team move the park district forward,” district Executive Director Duane Long said. “In addition to his incredible resume in sports and recreation, he brings leadership and business experience to this position.”

Nicklaus is a 2005 DHS graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

He and his wife, Amy, own Rustic Roots in Dixon and have two children, Brody and Emma.

“During this process, it was important for me to find a person who loves Dixon, who is progressive and innovative, and wants to take the park district to the next level,” Long said.