Rodney Padilla taking over as athletic director at Hinkley

Hinkley volleyball

(Matt Daniels/

Rodney Padilla has been named the new athletic director at Hinkley High School, taking over the role after 15 years as the successful wrestling coach at Chaparral.

Padilla's hire was announced by Aurora Public Schools district athletic director Michael Krueger on Monday morning. Padilla will take over for Tristen Rogers, who stepped down to explore opportunities to train triathletes at high altitude.

"We are going to definitely miss Tristen as she is a phenomenal person and a great Athletic Director. We certainly wish her well in her new endeavors," Krueger said. "We are very excited to share with you that we have found a very talented and super individual to fill Tristen's big shoes."

Padilla spent the past 15 years as the head coach at Chaparral, where he won a number of awards. Padilla has also been the dean of students at Overland, and has also coached and taught at Westminster and Lompoc (Calif.).

"Rod is a long-time Aurora resident and we are proud to welcome him to the APS family," Krueger said.