Archdiocese of Louisville Announces New Executive Director of Catholic School Athletic Association

October 10, 2011
CONTACT: Fr. Tom Gentile

Louisville, KY) Reverend Thomas E. Gentile, Chair of the Catholic School Athletic Association (CSAA), announced today the appointment of Richard J. Arnold as the new Executive Director of the CSAA. Mr. Arnold succeeds Mr. James Frame, who has served as Executive Director since 1983.

Mr. Arnold, 43, spent 20 years in public service as a police officer and deputy sheriff and has extensive experience in coaching at the collegiate, secondary, and elementary level. He served in the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office from 1991 to 1996 and as a detective in the homicide, major case, and domestic violence units in the Louisville Metro and Jefferson County Police Departments from 1996 until his retirement this year. Mr. Arnold was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity baseball coach at St. Xavier and an assistant and volunteer baseball coach at the University of Louisville. He also coached both football and baseball at Ascension Parish and for youth sports leagues. Mr. Arnold has a bachelor of science in police administration from the University of Louisville.

The Catholic School Athletic Association is an association of participating Catholic parishes that organizes and establishes policies for elementary level athletics. The CSAA is governed by a board of directors, led by a priest chair who is appointed by the Archbishop.

In making the announcement, Fr. Gentile emphasized Mr. Arnold’s commitment to Christian values in athletics: “Rick’s philosophy clearly centers on ensuring that Christian values are at the heart and soul of our association and that promoting good sportsmanship, fair competition, learning, integrity, and encouragement for student athletes must be the focus of all parish sports programs. We look forward to working with him.”

Mr. Arnold and his wife Kathy have two children and are members of St. Albert Parish. He will begin his new position November 1 and work with Jim Frame until Mr. Frame’s retirement next March.

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