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Question 1 of 25
What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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Question 2 of 25
Describe your ideal athletic coach, and what types of coaches you would like to see in our program.
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"My ideal athletic coach is passionate about their work and their students. They are self-aware and a visionary, goal-minded and determined to meet and exceed those goals. I want coaches who truly care about their work and want to improve themselves. The type of coach I want to work for me wants to learn more and is a problem solver, looking for ways to improve the programs and strengthen their teams as well."
"In my experience, there are many different coaching styles and I'm not sure there is one ideal style. However, I think a coach who is able to communicate effectively with each individual on the team while also leading the entire team towards one goal...is truly an amazing coach. I like to hire coaches who are empowered and committed."
List characteristics that would make a person successful in this role. Imagine your favorite coach and explain what they were like. Being able to speak from experience will make your answer more authentic and believable. "My ideal athletic coach is passionate about their work and their students. They are self-aware and a visionary, goal-minded and determined to meet and exceed those goals. I want coaches who truly care about their work and want to improve themselves. The type of coach I want to work for me wants to learn more and is a problem solver, looking for ways to improve the programs and strengthen their teams as well."
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Question 3 of 25
What experience do you have with fundraising? What fundraising events would you like to implement here at our school?
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"This year we are putting together a gala to raise money for our girls soccer teams. There will be a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and a local band playing. We did a similar event last year and the event was packed."
"In my previous role, I was the fundraising lead for all of the athletic programs. Each year, we needed to raise an additional $50,000 to support our hiring of coaches and purchasing of equipment. I implemented small scale fundraising efforts like a local donation drive and I also led the large scale efforts such as the annual auction. In all we did meet our goal but it was a team effort and I had some of the best volunteers you could ask for."
List 2-3 examples or talk about a specific experience that displays your knowledge and skills. "This year we are putting together a gala to raise money for our girls soccer teams. There will be a silent auction with items donated by local businesses and a local band playing. We did a similar event last year and the event was packed." Tell them about your success in fundraising. Share how many attended and how much money was raised. Numbers speak volumes. Before answering the second part of the question, you will want to know enough about the school and their current fundraising efforts. Based on what you know about their fundraising and financials, present something cutting edge and creative that they may not have considered or aren't investing as much energy into. Events, new athletic programs, social media and broadcast marketing are all effective examples to present. It's important to anticipate and be prepared for this type of question. It is far better to explain, "We sold raffle tickets for a trip that was donated by local travel agency and we made $5,000," than to simply suggest a raffle. Details are important!
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Question 4 of 25
What brings you the most joy, as an athletic director?
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Question 5 of 25
Have you had to fire a coach before? How was that process?
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Tell me about your experience coordinating, and developing events.
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Question 7 of 25
What makes a successful athletic event, in your opinion?
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Question 8 of 25
What type of experience do you have with hiring?
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Question 9 of 25
If a coach was loved by the students, but under-performing on the field, what would you do?
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Question 10 of 25
What do you envision for our athletic program, if you were hired?
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Question 11 of 25
Describe your passion for sports, and how that passion will translate into this position.
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Question 12 of 25
How would you try to improve fan attendance?
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Question 13 of 25
What do you like about your present job?
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Question 14 of 25
Being an athletic director, requires an extremely flexible schedule, even after your typical work week, will you be able to set aside personal time to work an event if needed?
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Question 15 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Question 16 of 25
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Question 17 of 25
As an Athletic Director, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 18 of 25
Define a good coach.
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Question 19 of 25
When have you led or been involved in a sporting event before? What was your role?
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Question 20 of 25
When have you negotiated a deal before? Tell me about that experience.
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Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Question 22 of 25
Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.
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Question 23 of 25
What motivates you as an athletic director?
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Question 24 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Question 25 of 25
Why do you want this job?
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Question 1 of 25
What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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Athletics plays a major role! How one behaves on the field of play is a good indicator of how they will behave in life. Coaches and athletic directors play an enormous role in a student's education. They look up to coaches more than their own parents in some cases. A great athletic program must possess coaches who are passionate about teaching their athletes the importance of working hard and being a positive person of integrity.
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Life lessons, dedication, goal setting, teamwork, and how to win and lose.
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Integral to their development.
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Major role.... Teach discipline dedication, teamwork, time management, adversity.
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I think that they help teach students about sportsmanship, but also about budgeting their time and setting priorities.
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High school athletics and activities help prepare students to stronger contributing citizens and the awesome responsibility athletic directors have in this capacity is truly humbling and joyful. When students are given opportunities for success beyond the classroom, they are often able to pursue passions or gifts that are not always seen academically. Student athletes have better attendance, higher GPAs, higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and greater chance of attending college. Athletics have an incredible role in fostering student development. Student athletes must maintain a policy-based GPA and make progress toward graduation. By holding them accountable to high standards, students have higher achievement due to their participation in athletics.
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I think it is the most valuable experience a student can have. They have to learn to work cooperatively with others, they have to learn how to be a gracious winner and more importantly, how to handle defeat. They have to learn to respect themselves, their teammates and their competitors..... All of which are life skills needed in the adult world.
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Athletics play a major role in students development. Athletics teaches discipline. Sacrifice, leadership, motivation, executing a plan, problem solving, determination etc.. Which a student-athlete will use in real life skills. Athletics and life go hand in hand.
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I believe academics and athletics go hand in hand when it comes to competing to be the best. It teaches life lessons and character that some of our student athletes will not learn else where. Life lessons, like pride, attitude, hard work, perseverence, dedication, discipline and trust.
Question 2 of 25
Describe your ideal athletic coach, and what types of coaches you would like to see in our program.
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The ideal athletic coach is one who genuinely cares for the student athlete. This person holds high standards of moral conduct and holds the athletes accountable for all actions, good or bad. This person models the values of integrity, sportsmanship and respect in practice and in the games. This person is someone who cares about their grades and makes it a point to talk to each athlete about how they are doing in school and at home. The coach is willing to ask for help when needed or advice. Finally, the coach produces winning individuals on and off the field.
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Professional hard working dedicated caring of developing student athletes.
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Spiritually driven, energetic, positive, role models, respected by players and opponents.
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Understanding dedicated, walk the talk.
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A coach that is knowledgeable in their field and puts a special emphasis on helping the student/athlete reach their potential. I want to see coaches in the program who create a positive environment for the student/athlete and take the time to build a relationship with the student/athlete.
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One who is dedicated and determined to build up the program.
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A good coach builds and maintains relationships with his players He uses this to get the most out of them and help them and their team reach their fullest potential. He may win a lot of games but success should never be measured in wins and losses. The student athletes he coaches are respectful, hardworking, and selfless. They are better citizens after going through a season that presents challenges and fosters strong communication. By learning to work together to achieve goals, student athletes demonstrate what their good coach has instilled in them. There’s no better reflection of good coaching than players who, on and off the field, model the very behavior they’re taught. I want our program to maintain good coaches by providing and supporting quality professional development opportunities at clinics. I also need to support our coaches throughout the year and not just during their sport’s season. In developing relationships with coaches, I can also provide support and use them as resources to support each other. The types of coaches in our program will believe in our policies, becoming stewards and supporting our school’s athletics in their entirety.
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My ideal coach is one that is always looking to better their craft because they know that would have a greater impact on the student-athletes they serve. An ideal coach is not one that knows it all but one that wants to know as much as they can, one that is involved in helping their student-athletes strive for college.
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My ideal athletic coach is one who is inviting, a great communicator of people, flexible, firm caring, a teacher has been successful, passionate about their sport. The types of coaches that I would like to see in my program would have to display all of these qualities and more to be successful in their individualized sport.
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I envision our coaches to be high energy, passionate and caring individuals. These type men and women will be able to develop relationships that will enable them to reach and teach the student athletes they will around with daily.
Question 3 of 25
What experience do you have with fundraising? What fundraising events would you like to implement here at our school?
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We ran a really successful fundraiser for TMS track that brought the track budget from $700 to just under $4,000 last year. This is after purchasing warm ups for nearly 100 students and buying track equipment. The fundraiser was a coupon book for businesses around town. It also had some golf discounts along with Cardinal and Rams discounts. I would like to see coaches implement some fundraisers that benefit the community in some way like cleaning up trash for donations or other service type things.
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Have been doing fundraising for 24 years. Have sold fundraising cards to holding midnight madness carnivals.
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I have organized many fans days black out days and special events like summer camps. Which I have increased sales and community involvements. I would love to implement this and many more.
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I would like to see a sports gala.
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Service based fund raising.
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Great deal of fundraising experience.
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For the past 6 years I have run/hosted a fund raiser volleyball tournament for the local SPCA. I would like to find ways to give back to our community.
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Many!!! We had an annual carnival which my class always raised the most money. We might have chili suppers, car washes, bingo with donated prizes and sell Tshirts.
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My experience with selling discount cards for local businesses, softener salt for our high school baseball program, raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Minnesota have provided me with a broad background of fundraising experience. In working with the community, we can maintain positive events and create new ideas to raise money necessary to provide financial support for extracurricular activities.By involving stakeholders in the decision making and implementation process, we can build support for fundraisers.
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We've tried bake sales, tag sales, donations, restaurant opportunities, food truck/flea market events.
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At CMU, USU, Owosso, etc...
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I have over 23 years experience in fundraising, which I have done a the different schools I coach at. Some fundraising events I would like to incorporate would be a golf tournament. A golf tournament you can sponsors, team sponsors, individual sponsors, have a 4-man scramble. I have been involved with this type of fund raising and it was very successful for the football programs. Other events that ca be used are 7-7 tournaments, JR/SR day camps, Youth Camps, OL/DL Camp, Casino Night. This are just a few events that I have been involved with as fund raisers.
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I have plenty of experience with fundraising. I was in charge of fundraising at my last school, and we were able to raise the funds nescesary for new weight equipment. I would like to implement a gold card fundraiser where the kids sell discount cards, and we get a portion of the monies received to help offset some our budget costs.
Question 4 of 25
What brings you the most joy, as an athletic director?
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The most joy comes from being able to watch those student athletes take to the playing field and compete on behalf of their school and town and for themselves. All the planning and preparation is all worth it when you see the joy it bring them and the memories being made.
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Students want to participate and coaches want to coach.
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Seeing our teams be successful doing the right things the right way.
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Kids having fun and succeeding.
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Seeing student/athletes achieve success and have a good time doing it.
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Watching the kids be passionate about what they love. I love watching teamwork and kids love for the game.
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Coordinating a successful event brings me the most joy as an athletic director. When I collaborate with stakeholders from multiple organizations to create opportunities for student success beyond the classroom, the satisfaction I receive mirrors that of the competing athletes. Knowing that I played a role in student athlete success multiplies when those same individuals continue their success beyond high school. High school athletics and activities help prepare students to stronger contributing citizens and the awesome responsibility athletic directors have in this capacity is truly humbling and joyful.
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Seeing the smile on the student-athletes face when they read me their college acceptance letter, seeing the team surround their teammate at home plate after they score the winning run, seeing student-athletes accomplish goals they've set for themselves.
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Seeing the the athletes be successful on and off the field.
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The most joy that brings to me speaking from a coach perspective is seeing the student-athletes develop from young men/women to adults by the time they become seniors. Watching their maturation is truly inspiring as a coach or athletic director.
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The most rewarding job as a Athletic Director is seeing your student athletes mature and grow. When they come back to visit 5-10 years down the road and talk about how much they enjoyed their high school career while being positive and productive citizens with in the community.
Question 5 of 25
Have you had to fire a coach before? How was that process?
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No I have not. The process is pretty well planned out in the Hawk Code however. Although I hope to never have to fire a coach, if that is what's best for students, that is what must be done no matter what.
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Yes, difficult but felt it was best for program.
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Yes. Not pleasant but necessary.
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Yes/No. I have had to let coaches go in the past, but the ultimant decision was made by someone higher up than myself.
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As our American Legion Baseball head coach, I am able to select our assistant coaches. Last year my assistant was only able to show up at six of twenty games. He also would bring his young son to games and spent more time watching him than coaching our team. This year I gave him an option, either show up at 90% of our games and bring his son to less than half or we would need to find someone who could be more committed. After a week of no response, I informed him that we were going in a different direction and hiring a different coach. What made this decision more difficult was compounded by the fact that this coach and I are very good friends and also teach together. We eventually had a mutual understanding of what was best for our legion program and his family. As a result, our relationship, both professionally and personally is still strong.
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I have not had to fire a coach before, but I envision that process to be stressful for both the AD and the coach. I would go into that process making sure I have documentation from their previous evaluations. The conversation would be factual and to the point.
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Not a coach but other employees and supervisors. It was a very straight forward process. Typically there was an improvement plan that was implemented along with follow up. It wasn't followed then they were let go. The quicker the better.
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Yes, I had to terminate a coach and this process tough. I had to put a plan in placefor the coach who was under-performing. After the 6 month evaluation that coach was brought up for review and after gathering the facts and seeing the end result after 6 months, termination was needed. The coach was brought into the my office and we discuss their review and then he was told what the next step was after the evaluation. It's tough because their are families involved with this process too.
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No, I have never had to fire a coach. I want to ensure that I surround our student athletes with coaches who are just as dedicated to them, as I will be.
Question 6 of 25
Tell me about your experience coordinating, and developing events.
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The 5k and spring fever triathlon. Also, the ski trip.
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Hosted many tournaments, meets, and regionals.
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Volleyball season, bbq cook off.
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Banquets, special events.
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See volleyball tournament. In addition I have hosted conference championships for indoor track and multiple championships for middle school track. This has been at both my facility and other facilities.
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I have coordinated many suppers, little kid tournaments, lock in just to name a few.
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For the last 4 years, I have coordinated our west subsection 5AA and section 5AA baseball tournament. My responsibilities involve assigning field maintenance crew, ticket sellers, officials, concession workers, announcers, and scoreboard operators. I had to ensure all paid positions signed claim forms and collected cash boxes from ticket sales and concessions. Two years ago we received 2 inches of rain on an already wet baseball field. I communicated with participating school’s head coaches, activities directors, and our baseball staff while we removed water and got the field ready to play on. One great satisfaction was our site not having any rainouts or delays due to our collaborative effort with multiple stakeholders to prepare our site for the event. I also coordinate our middle school Pennies for Patients fundraiser as our student council advisor. I work closely with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of MN to plan a kickoff event for grades 5-8 that includes a guest speaker. Throughout the 4 week fundraising campaign, I communicate daily with staff by setting goals, recognizing achievement and planning other events to build excitement and pride. In the last two years, I was humbled to be part of an organization that raised nearly $15,000 to fight blood cancers. By collaborating with stakeholders and setting goals, we were able to coordinate a very successful event.
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My current school has no facilities, and many of which our teams need transportation to. I have developed great working relationships with the other AD's in the city, along with City of Hartford DPW employees. I communicate daily with them about the needs of our student-athletes and work together with them to ensure a safe experience for our student-athletes. In addition, I check daily that our officials/umpires are in place and coordinate with our bus company about transportation schedules. I also coordinate the school owned vans and make sure that those coaches who need them have access to them.
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USU- Intramural, CMU- Athletic Department, PES 603- President of the organization with a list of 20 things to accomplish. US tournaments and scheduling.
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My experience coordinating was when I was a Head Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator and putting together a defensive game plan was exciting. I met with my defensive staff and each coach had an responsibility to help put together the defensive game plan which in essence help me formulate my game plan as the defensive coordinator leading up to the game. Each coach had input, it help putting together my game plan I which I used on game day. Putting together the golf tournament as a fund raiser was exciting. This involved all my coaching staff going out into the community soliciting businesses for sponsorships for the tournament and getting each coach to follow up with phone calls securing those sponsorships prior to the golf tournament.
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I have the opportunity to coordinate several events and teams. It is a demanding job, but one that is enjoyable when you see the finished project. I have coordinated the offense for one school and the special teams for others. I have been the academic coordinator where I had to work with the building principal in order to ensure our student athletes remained eligible for competition.
Question 7 of 25
What makes a successful athletic event, in your opinion?
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A successful athletic event is one that is very well organized and promoted! We want the athletes, parents and fans to be treated to the best event anywhere. Everything has to be planned out to having outstanding officials, a very thoughtful parking plan for buses, clean locker rooms, clean venues and an overall great impression of our school. A successful athletic event honors the traditions of that particular sport in the town and is played under the most ideal circumstances possible from fan behavior to student safety.
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Hospitality, crowd leaves satisfied and willing to return.
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Kids involved and enjoying themselves, parents understanding the purpose and process.
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Competitive environment, well organized, and well attended.
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Win or lose everyone leaves happy or at least content.
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An event that is well organized and creates a positive atmosphere for the student/athletes.
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A person who cares about their players while pushing them to their fullest potential! I would also say a good coach must be competative.
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An event’s success begins with proper planning. In communicating with all teams involved, site managers, and officials, all stakeholders should understand the details of the event. The event should begin on time, have minimal interruptions, and coaches should leave feeling like they were given a fair opportunity for success. Officials and all other employees should be paid or sign claim forms and the site should be secure before the manager leaves.
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An event that when it's over, people don't even know I'm there. The event runs smoothly, all appropriate staff are fulfilling their job responsibilities, they game play is competitive and there are no issues that would need my attention.
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The work put in before the event begins. Proper training of the staff, officials scheduled and followed up with, partners contacted or invited, etc...
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An successful athletic event is one this organized, well prepared, allows for time alloted, has a plan B if something arises, everyone involved is competing and having fun in the process. Regardless of the outcome, everyone was on the same page and communication went well.
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Anytime an athletic event is run smoothly, and without incident is a success.
Question 8 of 25
What type of experience do you have with hiring?
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Zion school board. I have hired several teachers and a principal.
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I have never been in the position of hiring anyone, but I would be comfortable doing so.
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Have had few opportunities to hire assistant coaches.
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I have been on committees for hiring.
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Looking for assistants with good communication, work ethic, and personalities.
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Helped hire girls coach and hired assistant coaches.
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Hired assistants coaches, work study.
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I have hired a lot of people in my past.
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In my job with Circuit City I was responsible for interviewing job canidates. In addition with the county I have been part of interviews for coaching positions as well as teaching positions.
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I've sat in on an interview.
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I've been fortunate to be on interview committees who make recommendations to hire teachers. As a coach, I've also had the opportunity to suggest coaches for both soccer and baseball. As the head American Legion Baseball coach, I've hired assistant coaches and also have asked coaches to not return. While these decisions are not easy, making choices with the best interests of student athletes makes it an easier burden to bear.
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Being that I created the athletic program at my current school, the previous principals have given me full autonomy to interview coaching candidates and recommend candidates to hire.
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A lot. I have hired over 200 employees in my last job.
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I have a lot of experience in hiring since I was a Head Football Coach before and hiring my staff was a priority.
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I've hired 3 football coaches and numerous other coaches.
Question 9 of 25
If a coach was loved by the students, but under-performing on the field, what would you do?
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I would get this coach some professional development. A coach is sometimes more than a parent to some students. I am a big believer in coaches with high integrity and will back them through thick and thin when they treat the students that way. I would mentor the coach as much as possible, offer reading materials to them and arrange for them to observe and meet with other successful coaches.
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First I would observe the coach in question at practice and at games and make note of areas I think he or she could improve. I would then meet with him or her to gather their thoughts on why the results were not desirable. If no noticeable changes occurred, I would implement a plan of improvement for the coach with detailed ways that they could get the program on track.
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Meet with the coach to find out what I could to help him perform better on the field.
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First I would set up a meeting with the coach and ask what he perceives as a problem. Can he develop a plan to achieve more. After another season let him go.
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I would evaluate the pros and cons of this coach. If I feel like he is the best coach for our student athletes I would sit down with that coach and we would find a Solution to the underperformanced. Give the coach a chance. But if I feel like he's not the best for our student athletes we need to find the best. At the end of the day it's our student athletes who matter.
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Find them a mentor and help them grow as a coahc.
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Meet with them and try to find ways to improve performance on the field.
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Presents the information and ask how I could help and then set goals together.
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Work with them... They have half the process or equation.
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The first thing that I would do is look at why he/she was under-performing. Sometimes a coach may not have the athletes in order to be successful. Also the coach may need additional training in the area that he/she is coaching.
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I would talk with the coach about stepping up his game on the field and provide assistance if needed.
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By first building and fostering a relationship with my coaches, this conversation will be easier to have. I might also be able to prevent poor performance by monitoring coaches and providing feedback. We also need to define success in more ways than wins and losses. If a coach is getting the most out of his players and developing student athletes who are good citizens on and off the field, he is successful and not under-performing on the field. When a coach is not teaching life lessons, losing, and over ineffective, we would have a difficult conversation that hopefully leads to improvement. I would rarely fire a coach without an opportunity for him to improve. We would create a plan that leads to a variety of measures of success that creates opportunities for student success beyond the classroom.
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I would work tiredly with that coach to improve their coaching craft. I don't judge the success of a coach by wins in losses. I just the success of the coach by looking at his roster numbers of the years (are kids coming out for that sport), I look at where those kids are going beyond high school (is the coach working with them to get into college), I would recommend and encourage the coach to attend workshops and clinics in their sport, I would recommend the coach observe the practices and games of current and veteran coaches on the staff and have conversations with them as to how they've expericened the success they've had.
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Put them on an improvement plan that was detailed with the expectations that they need to meet in order to retain employment.
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I would bring that coach in my office to sit down and discuss why he/she is under-performing and put together a plan of action to assist them with their job to become a better coach. I would give them a 3-6 month review to follow up to see if the plan was effective.
Question 10 of 25
What do you envision for our athletic program, if you were hired?
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I envision our athletic program producing student athletes who are highly capable of being the most successful adults they can be. We will have winning teams across all sports and will encourage athletes to represent our school in multiple sports. Our students will have such great experiences that they want to come back and be involved in the program themselves. Most importantly, I want our program to be known for more than just winning. We want to be known as people of integrity who know the importance of hard work as it relates to success.
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Coaches, staff, and athletes working together to achieve goals and dreams.
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First class in all aspects of competition.
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Continued success and continued growth.
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I envision continuing many of the traditions that TA has currently. I see also building a stronger relationship with the community.
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Our program’s success will be measured by the student athletes who participate in its programs. We will win and we will lose but those victories will be only one indicator of success. Our program will build and maintain positive relationships with players, coaches, parents, and the community. The student athletes, coaches, and other stakeholders are respectful, hardworking, and selfless. The student athletes are better citizens after going through a season that presents challenges and fosters strong communication. By learning to work together to achieve goals, student athletes demonstrate what their coaches have instilled in them. There’s no better reflection of a good program than players who, on and off the field, model the very behavior they’re taught.
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I envision a program that day in and day out strives to become a model program for the state. A program that that other would be envious of because of how we treat our student-athletes and their families and the positive impact this program has on the community.
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I would envision a athletic program that would be competitive, classy, productive, organized, disciplined, passionate, teachers, a program that can be model from others.
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I envision to be the model other school districts look to, when they want exemplary. We are going to create and maintain a program that will be second to none. Everything we do will vertically aligned to where it will allow us to keep moving forward instead of having to reteach year in and year out.
Question 11 of 25
Describe your passion for sports, and how that passion will translate into this position.
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Ultimate competitor and love all sports. Feel most comfortable in athletic events.
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I have always enjoyed sports. I think it is a way to get involved and build lasting friendships. I feel, this passion will translate into the position by allowing me to build relationships with the student/athletes, but also the coaching staff.
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I love sports and all the life lessons that can be learned through sports. I get excited when each new season rolls around and feel that can be contagious.
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My experiences as a teacher, coach, adviser, and coordinator of activities have prepared me to take the next step in my career in education. I have always had a passion for extracurricular activities and working with young people. The position of Activities Director combines these two passions perfectly. My mission is to coordinate activities that create opportunities for student success beyond the classroom.
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I love sport. I was a wrestler growing up and that sport has given me opportunities to shape who I am today. I want that same experience for the children of this town, not that it has to come from the wrestling team, but from any team they have an opportunity to become a part of.
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My passion for sports is great, and this will show through my words and actions. Being a coach you always got to display the positive mental attitude regardless of adversity which will arise. As a athletic director my attitude will always be that you can't worry about the problems, but what the solution will be. The athletes and adminstrators will always see a person who is positive, finding solutions, caring, with a open door policy which in essence will produce a family atmosphere that is conducive for winning.
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Having been born into an athletic family, I would have to say my passion runs deep. I am a high energy, detailed oriented and caring person. These type characteristics allow me to build positive relationships with our student athletes as well as build quality community relationships.
Question 12 of 25
How would you try to improve fan attendance?
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Have theme events and promote to the community.
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Youth leagues, promotions.
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By creating a positive experience and also getting our athletes more involved in the community.
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Fan involvement! Maybe have half time free throw contest to win a prize. Have cheerleaders throw shirts in the crown.
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The best way to improve fan attendance is by having quality student athletes and coaches. When teams win, people will come to watch the talent. Wins will not be our only measure of success. Fan attendance will improve when our players and coaches are respectful, hard working, and selfless. Our fans should also demonstrate good sportsmanship and their attitudes should mirror that of our players and coaches. We must also use social media as a free and convenient way promoting of our teams and events. Our activities website should be easy to navigate and provide all the relevant information stakeholders need to know so they can attend our events.
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By tapping into our youth programs and younger athletes. I'd like to have the youth soccer programs perform at halftime, same with wrestlers and softball players and baseball players, etc. Any opportunity to have the youth programs, all while staying within the rules and policies of CIAC, would be a great way to invest in them and lead to greater fan attendance. Also using the radio station to promote events.
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I would improve attendance in a variety of ways, having different events going on at each sports such as Military Night, Senior Citizens Night, Dance Night. Etc These types of nights will bring in the fans you want but also it involves the community as a whole to increase attendance. But also to have different marketing strategies that helps to increase attendance and revenue.
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Fan attendance is very important to the success of our program and builds community pride. I would designate certain nights for different schools as well as promote our program with in the community. I would also ensure we had a booster club, so our coaches and myself could interact with the parents and relay any important information.
Question 13 of 25
What do you like about your present job?
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I love that when I go to work everyday will be different. Students are unpredictable, but that it what makes my job enjoyable. They surprise me everyday with their eagerness to learn and their willingness to do well.
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Interacting with kids and watching them mature into adults.
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I enjoy the kids and givng them a healthy outlet to relieve stress and have fun.
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Seeeing successes and breakthroughs by my students. I lve when kids come back to tell us that we made a difference or prepared them well to the next steps in their lives.
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Contact with the kids, flexibility to be able to extend myself to grow people that I work with.
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I absolutely love the classroom. I am an expert classroom manager, motivator, PE teacher. I love the opportunity to touch so many lives at so many different stages of development each day.
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I love impact the lives of students and athletes. Many of my current students do not have positive influences in their lives at home so I really try to be a model for them to become successful in their current situation as well as when they become independent adults.
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I enjoy my current job working with students and preparing them for the state exam. I also find coaching extremely rewarding and valuable for student success.
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I like that everyday is new and that new challenges await us.
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I like the interactions that I have with my students and feel the athletic director position will enable me to have that same experience in a different light.
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Dealing with the students each day, new challenges, reaching common goals together through collaboration.
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I love working with the kids and the staff at GLR. It is great we have a great community and wonderful kids.
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That I am learning the responsibilites of the job. This position is learned through experience, and my current position is exposing me to the many facets of the day to day activities of an Athletic Director. Paly has a great athletic history and being a part of it is a huge honor for me. I feel that they run things in a professional and efficient way and that it is a big advantage for me to be in this position to learn from them.
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I enjoy working with kids of all ages in the classroom and on the court. Currently as an assistant basketball coach I do a lot of "behind the scenes" work to help our program run smoothly and to make our athletes have a positive experience. I think the most rewarding part is seeing a student or athlete struggle with something and then work to overcome that obstacle. I am constantly in awe of the awesome things our kids can do.
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I like the daily dealings with young people and helping realize their goals and potential.
Question 14 of 25
Being an athletic director, requires an extremely flexible schedule, even after your typical work week, will you be able to set aside personal time to work an event if needed?
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I am so excited to have the opportunity to be at sporting events as the supervisor. There is nothing I want to do more. My family fully supports me and has encouraged me to strive for my goals. We will spend more quality time together rather than quantity.
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Yes, I have always been supportive of other sports and made time to help weekends, Nights, summer.
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Yes I will the success of my family depends on me succeeding at my position. If putting what I need to do for this university and student athletes is needed I'm up for the task.
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Yes, I'm fortunate to have a very helpful and close knit family.
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Yes. The fact that I coach 3 sports seasons currently I feel shows this ability.
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Time management is something I've had to learn while teaching and also assuming several leadership positions. I've found that by prioritizing things I need to do, I don’t get overwhelmed and my professional life is more manageable. Attending multiple events each night will be time consuming so organizing my schedule to allow for personal time is essential to my happiness and well being. Making time for family and friends will have to be a priority so I can maintain a balance between work and home.
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Yes, before I decided to apply for this position my wife and I had many conversations about the commitment our family would need to make to this opportunity. We envision our family becoming part of the Berlin Redcoat family in which they would attend games and events to be a part of all the great things taking place here.
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YES. I have a very supportive wife and family.
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Being a football coach for over 23 years on the collegiate level, you learn to be flexible and must be able to adapt to any situation that arises. If working extra at a sporting event is needed to get the job accomplished then yes. As a coach you always working long hours and extra days when no one is watching or asking.
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An Athletic Directors job is sometimes demanding and never ending. I take that as a challenge to ensure I am there for our student athletes.
Question 15 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Absolutely. As a teacher, coach, and active member of the kearsley high school community I feel as though my leadership skill are continuously evolving and becoming better.
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Yes. Over the last 7 years both teaching and coaching I have motivated and helped students to reach their goals. I have been in the leadership team as well making school wide decisions.
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Yes. I lead by example and by providing oppourunites for professional growth.
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I do. I believe that doing things the right way and being a positive influence in the lives of students and colleagues will help others follow the same path.
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Yes. I was point guard and libero for both sports I played. I have always taken a leadership role.
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No doubt - I have shown in many ways how much I am a leader whether it is as a head coach of a sport, creating and implementing new programs for teachers or mentoring new teachers and teacher candidates I think I have shown a strong example of leadership.
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I believe that I am a leader. I believe there are many ways to be a leader and a great leader knows how to use those different techniques when applicable. There are times to be the sage on the stage and take control of a situation when stakeholders are being indecisive. There are other times when a leader will empower others to become the leader with guidance from above. Lastly leaders sometimes need to lead by example to gain buy in from others. I have embraced many different techniques in different situations as I have seen fit.
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Yes. BTSA, Department Chair, Head Coach, Teacher Tech, Professional Development ,Teacher.
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I have been afforded multiple opportunities to lead, and have had success in these roles. People come to me for help with problems and solutions and I have succeeded in these roles. I enjoy helping others with their problems. For this reason I see myself as a leader.
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Absolutely in the class as a coach and as a father most importantly.
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Yes I consider myself a leader. I feel I am a leader in the classroom with provideing and teaching physical education to students. I am the leader of baseball program for the past 6 years, once making the state tournament and have the 2 most winning seasons in GLR baseball history. I feel I have been a leader coaching the boys basketball team and setting us up for success in the future. I have been a leader in the community serving as vice president of the george betterment club and just recently I was elected to serve on the Otter Valley country club board.
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Yes I do. I have always led by example in everything I do. I feel that people are able to rally around me and I exemplify something that people believe in and look up to. I was the captain of my College water polo team for two years and really took strides in my leadership abilities in that role. I understand what it takes to be a leader, that everyone is always looking to you for guidance.
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Yes I do. I have been a captain on almost all of the teams I played on growing up, including 2 years in college. I feel that I lead by example. I work hard, dont make excuses and challange others in a positive way. I enjoy working in a team atmosphere where we all have to bring something to the table, and I feel that I thrive in this atmosphere as a leader.
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I am highly motivated and lead by the enthusiasm of others.
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Yes - I believe in leading by example. Leaders have to be trustworthy and have the ability to motivate, inspire, and create a culture of individuals that want to set goals and achieve them.
Question 16 of 25
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Time management is extremely important. To me anything that deals with academics takes top priority, then athletics. If I am in a real bind priority will be determined by the due date of certain things.
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The issue thats the most pressing, looking at my to do list and target what needs to be accomplished at an earlier time frame.
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1. Safety/Legal 2. Academic 3. Athletic. All decisions should have our student-Athletes wellbeing and future as our 1st priority.
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In season sports will have priority over out of season sports, varsity level sports will have priority over lower level sports. When no season is competing priority will be based on a combination of first-come-first serve and need/necessity.
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In season coaches and issues will be at the top of the list.
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Simple answer is what needs to be done. I am very well organized and have schedules for when tasks need to be completed. If an emergency comes up then, that can be dealt with due to being prepared for and having the other items that need attention already being dealt with.
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I first create a to do list. Then I estimate how long each task will take. Then I rank which item will have the most impact. From there I look at how much time I have and balance the most impact and how much time I have to achieve the task.
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Time management is a priority but, if academics are part a issue I will always choose academics 1st. I would give priority to the sport thats in season 1st and whomever is in need of it more.
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I base my schedule on needs to be accomplished first. I feel I am a very organized person and believe that is an important trait in prioritizing my schedule.
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Issues where more people than myself are at stake, issues that need immediate timely decisions.
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Whatever is best for GLR at the time will be my top priority. There are multiplle seasons and sports going on at the same time. Finding a balance for them will be tough, but I believe I will be able to adapt and do the right things for the Athletic department at that time.
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Timing is a major factor, taking all considerations in account, step by step.
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When scheduling my time I like to create a daily list of commitments and things that need to get done. With this list I can prioritize things that are more pressing along with other items that I would like to accomplish. Personally, this has been a great tool especially when you have a loaded day in front of you.
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List what needs to be done by importance.
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Those items that have the earliest deadlines will be handled first .... Always knowing that there will be things that "pop up" ... Flexibility is imperative.
Question 17 of 25
As an Athletic Director, what do you believe is your best asset?
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My ability to change on the fly. With coaching, especially in the spring, and teaching it is necessary to constantly change plans and think on the fly. Being about to come up with solutions and think critically is very important and I believe I can do that.
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I believe my best asset would be organization. I take great pride in beign organized.
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My experience and desire to make our programs great for our kids.
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I possess the social and emotional intelligence to be able to inspire both athletes and my colleagues to be better than they currently are.
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I am a people person. I can relate to parents and students. I have worked with all ages and many different kinds of coaches.
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Leadership: I have been a leader on the field as a player, a leader in the classroom as a teacher, and a leader on the field as a coach.
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Being organized and having great communication with my staff and peers.
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I believe my best assets are being a collaborator, working closely with others, a leader, and a team player and doing what best for our teams and student-athletes.
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I believe my biggest assest is my ability to communicate with people. I am able to build a rapport with anyone, albeit it students, refs, parents or adminstrators. I also believe that my expirence has prepared to take this next step and lead this athletic department.
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My ability to multitask I know how much work goes into this position and understand the many facets of the job. I believe that I am very good at taking on and managing numerous responsibilities at a time.
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My ability to multi task. I can handle numerous different tasks at the same time and do not get flustered under pressure. I do a good job with time management and if need be am not afraid to reach out for help.
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My best asset is my work ethic. I am willing to put as much time and effort as it takes to get a job done. Along with this is my ability to work with others. No one can be expected to do it all on their own, so it is important to be able to delegate and ask for help sometimes.
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My ability to lead a team and trouble shoot with a calm demeanor.
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Being a role model to kids and working with a group of people thaqt have the same goals and dreams as I do for this institution.
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Love for athletics and the opportunities they provide students.
Question 18 of 25
Define a good coach.
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A good coach leads by example both on and off the court. This person displays good moral character and integrity at all times. The person is knowledgable in their sport and seeks to improve themselves at all times. This person should be an effective communicator and able to resolve differences and conflicts efficiently. The good coach is not afraid to lose a game to prove a point.
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Leader, dedicated, knowledgable, prepared, and teacher.
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Someone that has strong intergrity. Welcome these young adults as a family. Because we are there family away from home. Someone that can increase there successes on and off the field court or wherever they play. Be a solid romodel.
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A good coach has strong communication skills, passion for kids, and the ability to handle themselves with good character in tough situations.
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One who can relate to players, maintain discipline, maintain harmony with teachers and administration and who knows their particular sport.
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Motivates, communicates, passion keeps the game in perspective.
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A good coach is someone who cares about the student/athletes that they are working with. They put them in the position to reach their potential and create a positive learning environment for the student/athlete.
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A person who cares about their players while pushing them to their fullest potential! I would also say a good coach must be competatice.
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A good coach builds and maintains relationships with his players He uses this to get the most out of them and help them and their team reach their fullest potential. He may win a lot of games but success should never be measured in wins and losses. The student athletes he coaches are respectful, hardworking, and selfless. They are better citizens after going through a season that presents challenges and fosters strong communication. By learning to work together to achieve goals, student athletes demonstrate what their good coach has instilled in them. There’s no better reflection of good coaching than players who, on and off the field, model the very behavior they’re taught.
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One that realizes they have more of an impact on a student-athlete than most people do in a lifetime. One that instills positive and appropriate traits.... Honesty, respect, fair play, commitment, trust. A good coach to me is not defined in wins and losses, but rather how they interact with the student-athletes, their families and the community.
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A good coach may not have the most knowledge in the particular sport that they are coaching or even experience but they have perspective. By this I mean they know which priorities are important and how to get them across to their players. They are able to develop a relationship with their players but also know where to draw the line and enforce rules and standards for the team. The ALWAYS do the right thing regardless of what feathers they ruffle.
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A good coach is a coach to possess the qualities as a leader, teacher, good communicator, motivator, gets the most out of his/her players, organized , passionate has a plan, problem solver, players coach and displays a winning attitude at all times.
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To me, a good coach first and foremost has to be a great teacher in the classroom. When you have quality teachers, you know they will have the character and passion you need and want to be a great coach.
Question 19 of 25
When have you led or been involved in a sporting event before? What was your role?
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Have been head coach for past 24 years.
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Player, coach, ad, creator.
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VB tourneys, track meets. Director.
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I have coached summer league sports I have also ran some little kid tournaments.
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For the last 4 years, I have coordinated our west subsection 5AA and section 5AA baseball tournament. My responsibilities involve assigning field maintenance crew, ticket sellers, officials, concession workers, announcers, and scoreboard operators. I had to ensure all paid positions signed claim forms and collected cash boxes from ticket sales and concessions. Two years ago we received 2 inches of rain on an already wet baseball field. I communicated with participating school’s head coaches, activities directors, and our baseball staff while we removed water and got the field ready to play on. One great satisfaction was our site not having any rain outs or delays due to our collaborative effort with multiple stakeholders to prepare our site for the event.
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Weekly I am part of our athletic events. I am the site supervisor and administrator on duty. I ensure all facets of the event run as smooth as possible.
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I led as a Head Football Coach at Lane College in Jackson, TN and competed in SIAC conference. I was 7-14 in the 2 years as the Head Football Coach, and as the Defensive Coordinator finished in the top 5 in the conference, rush defense, pass defense and total defense for 3 straight years.
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I have been the head freshmen and JV coach for various teams. On some occasions, I have had to.
Question 20 of 25
When have you negotiated a deal before? Tell me about that experience.
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I have negotiated a deal with SIUE in the use of their campus for our annual spring fever triathlon. It was a somewhat frustrating experience at times playing phone tag but overall, by staying on top of things, it all worked out well in the end.
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I feel like coaching is negotiating deals on a daily basis. I have to present our program to a student-athlete and his parents. This includes showing them our campus and our facilities, informing them of our day to day operations, making them feel comfortable with our program and our staff, and selling him on this being the best place for him to continue his education as well as his football career.
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To work out practice schedule during wrestling and basketball practice and the use of gym.
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We negotiate all the time when dealing with our peers.
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I have negotiate coaching contracts. I put the University and the athletes first. We were able to work out the best deal after many talks that worked best for all parties involved.
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Often when there is a something that I feel the volleyball program would benefit from with regards to equipment or uniforms.
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Scoreboard deals; Positive experience.
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All the time.. Equipment, transportation.. Sales.
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Buying a car. Certainly looking at features and comparing prices.
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Buying a car, I got the price I wanted.
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I recently wanted to add a second assistant coach to our American Legion Baseball program. We've always had one and our business manager wanted to keep it that way. With the number of players over capacity for over two years, we were justified in hiring another coach to provide instruction to our large quantity of players. By explaining that our players deserve the best opportunity possible, our business manager understood we owed it to our players to hire an additional coach.
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The last deal I had to negotiate was at Nomads for the rental of their basketball courts. I was able to secure two full size courts at $30 each for two hours (2 courts for 2hrs at $60). They reduced their rental price to me by $15 a court. I think my ability to effectively communicate our needs and what our budgetary constraints were allowed this deal to go through.
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Yes. I was part of the union negotiations team in my last job. We had to negotiate a new contract after being there a year and a half. It was a difficult situation at times because the there were a lot of individuals involved and a lot of different personalities even on the same team. It was a fine balance of trying to do what was best for the company and also what was best for the employee. Sometimes they aligned and sometimes they did not.
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Being a college football coach you are always negotiating deals with student-athletes and people in general. I remember a time as a Head Football Coach I negotiated a discount price on some uniforms and coaching apparel with a local vendor. I end up getting the uniforms at discount price because they were purchase in bulk and in essence I received some coaching gear for my coaches for free.
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I don't have a great deal of experience with this.
Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Again, I believe sports are extremely important in the lives of young adults. Not only can sports be a means to high education, but it can be a way for students to relieve stress, learn life lessons, and make connections with other students and adults.
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It allows me to stay close to athletics even if I am not coaching - it allows me to be a part of all athletics and not just the sport I am coaching. it also gives me a chance to give back to the activities that I knew and loved growing up.
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I have always been interested in athletics as a player coach and now part time administrator. By taking on the role of Athletic Director I can mold the entire sports program at this school in a way that puts priority on student achievement and success of the athletics as a whole.
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I like the oprotunity to work with student and athletes at one of the purest forms of athletics.
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I want to give great opportunities to our students. I want them to have the best opportunities to enjoy the high school experience while giving students the opportunity to progress to the collegiate level.
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I want to be a part of the conversations that direct our school in regards to our athletic philosophy. I want the opportunity to guide and direct this program to multiply the positive influence I feel I have had on this school by recruiting and hiring people who are great coaches and love their jobs.
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Sports and music has always been a big part of my life. My most memorable parts of high school was my school trips and the friendships I built there. I would like to help students have these kinds of life building experiences.
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I am passionate about athletics and I feel that I am a great leader that will be able to empower coaches and students. The passion that I have about athletics is because I know in my life that I have learned many lessons that have helped me in my adult life through athletics from the practice field, the offseason, and the game field.
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Enjoy athletics and support student athletes and their coaches.
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Sports has been life. I have played all sports and most of my most memorable stories are through athletics.
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As stated earlier, athletics has played an important role in my life and I enjoy what athletics brings to student athletes. I have had many roles as a coach, and I believe being an athletic director will allow me to continue that role as a leader of the whole athletic department.
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I want to see GLR succeed and I am ready for the challenges of being the athletic director. I feel I will be successfule and we will be able to have a successful atheltic department.
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Because I believe I can influence positive change of the student atheltes from this position. Again I have experienced first hand how athletics has helped me in my life, and the lessons learned along the way. I feel that in this position I can put my coaches and athletes in a position to learn in a positive environement.
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I love this school and I love the students, teachers and coaches here. I would love to be a part of building a positive, hard working and cooperative culture in our athletic department.
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Work with young people and help them succeed in life.
Question 22 of 25
Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.
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Getting to this interview has been a goal of mine. Not specifically this interview, but when I was 25 and I began grad school my goal was to be done within five years and be interviewing for administrative positions as soon as I was finished. It took countless nights with little sleep and numerous hours of planning and schedule changing, but the day is here now.
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Becoming a teacher and coach was a huge goal for me as I was not a great student and had to make some changes in order to achieve that goal. I am not a gifted student and was not a gifted athlete, I learned to work hard and I think that makes me a better teacher and coach.
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I knew very early that I wanted to be an athletic director - in order to do that I had to obtain the necessary education. I was well into my teaching career when I began to get the necessary education which made it important for me to manage my time. It is when I began the process that I realized how important it was to be organized and began to really work on that skill. Through organization, time management and desire/drive I was able to accomplish my goals.
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I wanted to win a conference championship. I realized that the girls were coming into high school with a lower skill set, less fitness, and less strategical knowledge than our competition. I began teaching the fundamentals to small groups of younger girls (not yet old enough to participate in our competitive programming) through clinics in the fall and spring. As a result, our middle school coaches can teach higher level skills because the girls already know how to hold a stick, receive, dribble, hit and some basic game strategy. I became the head coach of Futures for our site and had it moved to Oklahoma City. I encouraged the girls to attend power camp in the summer, and I did it along side them. I provided time for fun and creativity with open play, and got former collegiate hockey players to attend and play with and against the team. I reached out to anyone in the OKC community who had an interest in coaching and found a role for them in our program. It was not intentional to put so much of myself into the process. However, because I made the investment to be there for the kids consistently, they knew I was serious, they knew I cared, and we bonded through the mutual suffering of working out at 6:30 in the a. M. Through the summer together. I was able to ask more of them the next season, and this last season because I SHOWED them what I was willing to sacrifice for their successes. I also believe that I was demonstrating my absolute belief in their ability to succeed because I was putting so much time in. And, I got a lot out of it myself. I have benefited from the relationships I have built with these young women. Relationships that would not be as profound without the investment of time.
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I set a goal to improve the communication of the coaches and the athletes. I have implemented a system where coaches who are off campus can email me their annoucement information and I will assist them in getting the information out to the teams. Next year I plan on training all of the coaches on our Alert system so they can be responsible for that on their own.
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I was possibly going to lose my job in a reduction in force situation due to seniority. I knew then that I had to get my masters degree and I also knew then that I wanted to become a school leader. I enrolled in Malone University in the Educational Leadership program and was able to finish the degree and licensure program in 21 months. I had to sacrifice time away from my young family and away from the coaching profession to be able to complete this program.
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My business was taking off in terms of amount of work calls. I was determined to make it the most productive for me. I spoke with 2 different gurus in my area of expertise, researched their answers and followed the path.
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This is actually one of them as I always have payed sports and want to share my vision with the school and the kids. Help them accomplish there dreams on and off the field.
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A goal of mine was becoming an educator, and I worked tirelessly to obtain my degree. In 2005 and 2010 I met that goal when I obtained both my undergraduate degree and masters.
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It was a goal of mine to get an ap computer science course going to support students looking into engineering or technical majors in college. I submitted a request to the principal, he approved the request, I learned the programming language used, attended a course seminar, set up the year plan, unit plans, lesson plans, created video text book.
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I would have to say it would have to be back in 2011. I knew we had a talented team, but something was missing, I think I was pressing too much and trying to micromanage every little detail. I decided to pull the reins back and just let the players play, as a result we went on a 8 game winning streak and made the state tournament.
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An important goal I set in the past was becoming an academic all american while at UCI. I did not accomplish this goal my first two year and my coach really challanged me to buckle down and be a leader in the classroom. So I changed my study habits and really made an effort to do better in my classes. My Junior and senior year I accomplished my goal and taught myself that I can do anything if I put my mind to it, and that is a message I like to reiterate to current student athletes.
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I set a goal for myself to become an academic all american. I already had success in the water, being an all american, but my grades were not up to par. My coach challanged me and that was very important to me and really motivated me. I changed my study habits and became an academic all american my junior and senior year. I learned that whatever you put your mind to you can acheive it if you have a positive supporting cast and the motivation to do so.
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As a young teacher I was at a point where I needed to decide if I wanted to work to get my masters degree. I was reluctant at first because I had a young family and I was in the process of moving into a "fixer upper" house. Also at this time my mother had just found out she had cancer. We made a pact together that we would work together to reach our goals. In the next two years I earned my masters degree and she beat cancer. Probably the most rewarding feeling I have ever had for both of us.
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I have been working towards this interview. Maybe not this one in particular, but 10 years ago when I started coaching I realized that students need strong role models and that guiding those involved in their lives was an important task.
Question 23 of 25
What motivates you as an athletic director?
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I love to see student athletes succeed in the classroom, on the court, and on the field. I think sports can be a means to a better life for some and with proper leadership talented student athletes can see this.
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As an athletic director it is my job to lead a successful athletic program. The success of each team and the development of the student athlete is something very important to me. Programs that develop students to become hard working, team oriented, and leaders is my number one goal. Using athletics to teach young adults the life skills that are used in years to come.
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My motivation is to ignite and see motivation in others. Student-athletes, coaches, staff, and all others involved in the learning community.
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Continue to support student-athletes and programs that prepare them for for life after HS
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I feel like I have the skill set to help coaches and athletes reach their fullest potential. I enjoy seeing the happiness on a persons face when they have success and I am proud to be a part of that.
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Helping our student athletes to achieve their goals.
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The process of developing good coaching staff, good teaching staff, having student athletes who are learning and growing and developing into the kinds of adults I want to hire some day.
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Being a part of the character growth of student athletes. Being the driving force behind student athletes learning to be successful on and off the field.
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Creating an excellent athletic department and having a positive role in student athletes.
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I want to see the athletic department here at GLR succeed. I will do whatever I can possible to make that happen. GLR is very dear to my heart. I have grown up a mustang and I enjoy being a mustang. I was to see us succeed and will do everthing I can to make that happen. GLR deserves the best and I fill like I will be able to help make that happen.
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Giving the student athletes the opportunity to participate in a well organized interscholastic atmosphere so they can compete and learn hard work, dedication and team work. Sports is a great teacher and these kids will have so many more opportunities because of athletics. I find great pride in over seeing a program that yields positive results through positive coaching and character building.
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Helping these students reach their full potential by creating a positive, character enriching environment that teaches these students the benifits of hard work, deidcation and teamwork. I see my role as a promoter of these life skills, and the duties I perform allow these students to practice and play in this type of inviting environment.
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Seeing student athletes improving their skill set and enjoying themselves.
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Seeing students exceed their academic and athletic expectations.
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Seeing student athletes enjoy their sports of choice and making seasonal improvements.
Question 24 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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Budget problems. Having great ideas and no money to start the wheels in motion for the ideas.
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Although this is my first AD position, major issues that plague athletic departments are student participation and attendance at certain athletic events. The increasing popularity of social media and the side effects that come with inappropriate posts.
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INc iaching right now my biggest problem is my age, some of the coaches feel like I am not capable due to neign young.
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I am challenged with lack of policy to hold my direct reports accountable. This seems to be a department wide issue. My first action would be to establish a policy for accountability and to empower my teachers and coaches to hold each other accountable. Not just by saying, "you have permission to hold each other accountable", but by providing them with a way to document consistent lack of professionalism on the part of their peers... And, a way to celebrate those who do exhibit professionalism.
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As a teacher and a coach my biggest problem was fighting against the poverty gap. Our population is comprised of 60% of students falling below the poverty line. What I loved the most about coaching is using athletics to give these students as an escape and a chance to change their lives. Most importantly these students learned lessons that will make them successful adults and hopefully be able to break the cyclical poverty that they were born into.
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The challenges of preparing my students and athletes to be their best and become successful both academically and athletically through state standards and athletic competition.
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As baseball coach, you often get parents that are upset about playing time. this anger manifests itsself in complaints that are not related to the true issue of playing time. to meet these challenges I would meet with parents, students, coaches, and occasionally the athletic director/administration as necessary, making sure all stakeholders have a solution to the problem.
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Understanding when to operate at the Assistant AD and when to operate as the head coach. During the fall we had to secure pool space for two days because our pool was down. I secured SHP for my boys team and gunn for the girls team. Thinking like a water polo coach there was no problem with this. Thinking as an AD there is potential title iv issue here because the girls were not afforded the same opportunity to practice at SHP like the boys were. So I ended up switching to have each of us practice one day at each pool to make it even between the teams. I understand now that in this role I must always be thinking as a problem spotter, and see the potential issues before that arise. As a coach you do not think of those things.
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Education is a challenging profession at all times and there are many issues that have to be dealt with on a daily basis. The greatest issue of this most recent position was the introduction of the use of technology in a "one-to-one" classroom.
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My major challenges as a teacher were many. I am involved in so many things that I think becoming an ad will be less work. one issue is that even with students in the classroom teachers would enter at will to discuss problems that I could help them with. another issue is that I had the coolest room in the buildng - everyone wanted to be in there.
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Dealing with difficult people and a limited budget.
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The major challenge I faced at my last position was determining if I was fulfilling my true passion in education. I took three years away from school buildings to make sure that I was able to give my very best to my position. In that time away, I realized that I was still very happy in education, and that I am most fulfilled when I am utilized student activities as a vehicle.
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Working collectively with all personnel. Making sure that favoritism is not given nor perceived is a challenge that needs to be addressed looking out for what is best for others and the organization.
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As a coach the biggest challenge is teaching the sport to students that have never played before and keeping their grades up.
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The cheer coach quit one day before their season camp started. I had to jump in as coach and revamp the whole program. I was able to pull it together and had a winning season.
Question 25 of 25
Why do you want this job?
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I feel this school district is one of the best in this area. I see tremendous opportunities for growth and success here with in this school district.

About Athletic Director

August 17th, 2017

An athletic director (commonly "athletics director" or "AD") is an administrator at many American colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, who oversees the work of coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic programs.

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