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Question 1 of 25
What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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List of Athletic Director Interview Questions
  1. What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
  2. Describe your ideal athletic coach, and what types of coaches you would like to see in our program.
  3. What experience do you have with fundraising? What fundraising events would you like to implement here at our school?
  4. What brings you the most joy, as an athletic director?
  5. Have you had to fire a coach before? How was that process?
  6. Tell me about your experience coordinating, and developing events.
  7. What makes a successful athletic event, in your opinion?
  8. What type of experience do you have with hiring?
  9. If a coach was loved by the students, but under-performing on the field, what would you do?
  10. What do you envision for our athletic program, if you were hired?
  11. Describe your passion for sports, and how that passion will translate into this position.
  12. How would you try to improve fan attendance?
  13. What do you like about your present job?
  14. 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?
  15. Do you consider yourself a leader?
  16. How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
  17. As an Athletic Director, what do you believe is your best asset?
  18. Define a good coach.
  19. When have you led or been involved in a sporting event before? What was your role?
  20. When have you negotiated a deal before? Tell me about that experience.
  21. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  22. Give me a time when you had to set an important goal in the past and tell me about your success reaching it.
  23. What motivates you as an athletic director?
  24. What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
  25. Why do you want this job?
Athletic Director Information
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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Question 1 of 25
What role do you believe athletics play in a students development?
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I think that participation in sports can play an important part in a child's development. Sports can instill confidence, teamwork, communication and leadership skills.
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Life lessons, dedication, goal setting, teamwork, and how to win and lose.
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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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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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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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Integral to their development.
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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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.
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Professional hard working dedicated caring of developing student athletes.
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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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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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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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One who is dedicated and determined to build up the program.
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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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.
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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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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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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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At CMU, USU, Owosso, etc...
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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.
Question 4 of 25
What brings you the most joy, as an athletic director?
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My favorite moments as an athletic director are those when our students rise to the challenge and stretch their skills. Whether they win the championship or not, if they have grown throughout the season, it brings me joy to witness that growth.
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Students want to participate and coaches want to coach.
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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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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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Watching the kids be passionate about what they love. I love watching teamwork and kids love for the game.
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Seeing the the athletes be successful on and off the field.
Question 5 of 25
Have you had to fire a coach before? How was that process?
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In my current role, I had a coach that was underperforming and I was getting unfavorable feedback from the participants. Initially, I laid out a short-term performance plan in hopes of bringing her skills up to standards but she was not able to meet the goals we set. It was tough but I was committed to the integrity of our athletic program and let this coach go.
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Yes, difficult but felt it was best for program.
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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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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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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. Not pleasant but necessary.
Question 6 of 25
Tell me about your experience coordinating, and developing events.
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I've coordinated small and large events. For smaller events, I've been able to take a minimal budget and drum up local resources and volunteers that offset certain expenses. For the larger events, I've managed the bid process for venues, food vendors and transportation. I'm organized, efficient and a strong communicator.
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Hosted many tournaments, meets, and regionals.
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The 5k and spring fever triathlon. Also, the ski trip.
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I have coordinated many suppers, little kid tournaments, lock in just to name a few.
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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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Volleyball season, bbq cook off.
Question 7 of 25
What makes a successful athletic event, in your opinion?
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A successful event should be fun, fair and safe for all participants. By effectively managing the details, participants can show up to a safe and clean venue, ready to compete with the support of fair officials and helpful staff.
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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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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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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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Kids involved and enjoying themselves, parents understanding the purpose and process.
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Win or lose everyone leaves happy or at least content.
Question 8 of 25
What type of experience do you have with hiring?
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I have experience in writing job descriptions, posting the position, sourcing candidates and managing the interview process. I have also been involved in the negotiation and offer process.
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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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Zion school board. I have hired several teachers and a principal.
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A lot. I have hired over 200 employees in my last job.
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I've sat in on an interview.
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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.
Question 9 of 25
If a coach was loved by the students, but under-performing on the field, what would you do?
Professional answer
This has come up in my current role and I think communication is key. By providing solid feedback to the coach while setting specific goals and guidelines, we can create a performance plan to measure success. If the coach is unable to meet the needs, there may be an opportunity to move them into another role. My hopes would be to keep the strong team dynamic in place while managing to a better performance level.
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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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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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The program must be successfull.
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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 talk with the coach about stepping up his game on the field and provide assistance if needed.
Question 10 of 25
What do you envision for our athletic program, if you were hired?
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I have researched your program and you have done some amazing things with the program, so far. I think my experience would allow me to focus on growing the intermediate level programs and expand the offering to include swimming and diving. I would also spend time getting to know the coaches and staff to ensure their ideas are heard.
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Coaches, staff, and athletes working together to achieve goals and dreams.
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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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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 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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First class in all aspects of competition.
Question 11 of 25
Describe your passion for sports, and how that passion will translate into this position.
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In my youth, I participated in numerous sports including soccer, volleyball and swimming. I competed in collegiate volleyball and became a high-school coach after graduation. I've volunteered at the Summer Olympic Games and just enjoy sport and competition at any level.
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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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Ultimate competitor and love all sports. Feel most comfortable in athletic events.
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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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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.
Question 12 of 25
How would you try to improve fan attendance?
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I have two strategies to improve fan attendance. One is a grassroots effort to drum up interest at a local level by personally inviting folks to events and hoping to generate some excitement around our programs. The other strategy is to utilize social media like Facebook and Instagram to broadcast our wins and the excitement around our future events. When paired together, these strategies have helped boost our attendance at football games and swim meets.
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Have theme events and promote to the community.
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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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Fan involvement! Maybe have half time free throw contest to win a prize. Have cheerleaders throw shirts in the crown.
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Youth leagues, promotions.
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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.
Question 13 of 25
What do you like about your present job?
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The most fulfilling part of my current job is the opportunity to lead a team of talented and committed department heads. This athletic program has been recognized as the best in the state and I am grateful for the chance to have grown the program to this status.
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I love working with kids to become better people and the ability to teach them to work for what they want and how natural competition really is.
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Working with the students. Being able to help design individual plans for them to help them be successful.
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Interacting with my peers.
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Working with kids and helping make my school a better, more effective tool for students.
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Helping people achieve success.
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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As a director, I have learned that there is no set schedule and I embrace that. I've always been on-call for important events and my staff knows that I'm a backup for emergencies, if needed. The schedule is not a concern for me, at this time.
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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 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 have a very supportive wife and family.
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Yes, I'm fortunate to have a very helpful and close knit 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.
Question 15 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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I do consider myself a leader. As the team lead, I have hired, trained and promoted numerous members of the staff. My leadership style is to empower those around me so that collectively, we are a stronger and more productive team.
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Yes. I have been a leader in my current position as an educator and coach. As an educator, I have been asked to let teachers observe my teaching style and as a coach, I have mentored many assistant coaches. I have had teachers ask me for advice on numerous occasions on a one on one basis. My school administrator frequently asks me to act in a supervision role while she is in meetings or out of the building. At Zion Lutheran, I am the head of the technology committee as part of the school board.
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I do consider my self a leader. I have lead teams, SSC position, department head position.
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I believe I am a great leader. I see a problem I want it addressed immediately not later. I will lead whoever is following my administration by example. If one person fails we all fail. My leadership is like a family. We are in this all together.
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Yes, I consider myself a leader because in coaching you are always leading young men on and off the field in every situation that arise.
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Yes. I've been in many leadership roles and am not afraid to take on that role.
Question 16 of 25
How do you decide what gets top priority when scheduling your time?
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Each morning, I meet with my team and we prioritize the workload for the day. By being in communication with my staff, I can ensure that the highest priority items get tackled first and that everyone is working towards the department goal.
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Those items that are essential to the athletic operation and those that are needed first would be the the items that received my time first, I would then proceed to other task and complete them in order of necessity.
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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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It's important to see the big picture and consider a few things. 1- is it time sensititve (is there a deadline) 2- do I need to get more information before I can attack the task.
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List what needs to be done by importance.
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Whatever is important at the given time.
Question 17 of 25
As an Athletic Director, what do you believe is your best asset?
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I believe my biggest asset is my ability to listen and problem solve. When you have a strong relationship with your staff, they are more willing to share with you the good and the not so good. By listening to issues, I can more quickly work towards a solution.
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Love for athletics and the opportunities they provide students.
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I am very good at communicating and organizing. Timelines are my forte. I have been working in Athletics for many years.
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Passion for athletics and what it teaches the student that will assist them for the remainder of their lives.
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My best asset would be....
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My ability to communicate with paretns, coaches, and players.
Question 18 of 25
Define a good coach.
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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.
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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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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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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 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 has strong communication skills, passion for kids, and the ability to handle themselves with good character in tough situations.
Question 19 of 25
When have you led or been involved in a sporting event before? What was your role?
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The largest event that I led was a state softball tournament last year. I was accountable for the venue, the team participation and staffing the event. Over a 3 day weekend, we had over 100 teams participate, 30 event staff and it was a big success. I'm looking forward to planning and hosting future events.
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Have been head coach for past 24 years.
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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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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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I have coached summer league sports I have also ran some little kid tournaments.
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Player, coach, ad, creator.
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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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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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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Buying a car, I got the price I wanted.
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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.
Question 21 of 25
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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I'm really proud of the progression I've had in my career so far, but ideally, I'd like to running a large, top tier athletic program like the one at your university. I believe that with my determination and continued education that I can achieve this goal.
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I see the value that athletics and activities have on young men and women. It gives the student motivation to be a student in the classroom and to represent the school community. Plus, I have been around athletics either playing, coaching, or officiating. I love athletics.
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I want to have a positive impact on young children's lives academically and athletically. I want to inspire students to achieve greatness and let them know with hard work and dedication that great things can happen. Coaches and athletic directors played such a vital role in my life, I want to be able to do the same thing.
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To help this district continue to produce incredible student athletes who have a passion for life. Athletics teaches so many valuable life long lessons that I want to continue facilitating that through the eye of the coaches.
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I want to enhance the athletic programs and organize events in which the community can be proud of.
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Enjoy working with sports team.
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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Early in my career, I was tasked with building out a new team within the youth soccer program. I needed to hire a coach, support staff and drum up enough participants to justify the new program. I was very proud of the fact that in just a few short months, that program was staffed and full of participants...we even had a waitlist. It was an early accomplishment but one that I am proud of.
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Several times I was faced with the possibility of no longer playing football due to injury and surgery. I was faced with several long months of rehab and enduring pain. I made a goal to come back stronger and healthier each time and always achieved that goal. It was a fulfilling and satisfying feeling knowing that even in front of bad odds, I was still able to achieve my goal.
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Taking over the volleyball program in 2006. This program had some talented athletes but the girls had no real goal in mind and didn't have a plan in place to achieve their goals. It took 3 years for this program to begin having the right climate and culture. It took perseverance, dedication, and lots of ups and downs. I would say that 10 years later there is a tradition of winning that comes with hard work and being good student athletes in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
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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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Recruiting for summer school. Wanted to make substantial improvement, and gained over 100 students.
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Complete a large investigation which lead to a conviction. I also wanted to become and detective prior to my 30th b-day, which I obtained.
Question 23 of 25
What motivates you as an athletic director?
Professional answer
I am motivated by a few things. First, I have in pride in meeting the budgetary goals and being fiscally responsible. I have been on budget every year in my role. Second, I am motivated by the opportunity to lead coaches and program directors who take excellent care of the student of this school.
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Similar to coaching a team, I want to make sure my athletic department is competitive and well-rounded. As an Athletic Director, I look at it as I am still coaching but on a much larger scale. I would continue to expect nothing but the best effort for staff and student-athletes. I have high expectations for myself as well as the individuals I supervise. If as an athletic department we can have the same focus, I believe great things will come as a result.
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Well, I'm intrinsically motivated to begin with and athletics played a large part in that. But the athletes and coaches and their want and will for success is a motivating factor. The way our school is viewed is another huge motivating factor. I want our school to be the best and compete at the highest level possible.
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Being the best we can be. The best grades, the best athletes.
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I enjoy working behind scene. (the Admin. Work)
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I am motivated by the desire to see students be and feel successful. Every decision I make is based on what I feel is best for the student athletes to help them be the most competitive on the field and in their lives.
Question 24 of 25
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
Professional answer
The most challenging aspect of my last role was a very tight and sometimes restricting budget. Our athletic programs had to be efficient and productive without many resources. This opportunity allowed me to fine tune my budgeting skills and learn to better collaborate with all of the head coaches. It was a challenge but a great learning opportunity.
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Getting all teachers working in the right direction.
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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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I was never able to interact with people. I was in my vehicle for the duration of my job and was never able form relationships. I was also given incomplete or wrong information several times and had to over come this with clever ways of information gathering.
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As a teacher, the biggest challenge is managing time while also undertaking several leadership positions. Multitasking became a way of life. With never ending committees and meetings, it took an effort just to teach while also worrying about peripheral things. A major thing I learned was how to manage my time better. The other major challenge was our building leadership. We tried for seven years to remove an ineffective principal. She destroyed trust, acted irrational, and spoke about staff behind their back. Dealing with her was often only possible by avoiding her.. A positive benefit was observing how she treated people and how she made people feel. I knew that if I ever was in a similar leadership position, it would be a priority to develop and foster relationships with staff instead of break them down.
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Working with a student population of whom many had a drug problem. This made functioning difficult and challenging day in and day out.
Question 25 of 25
Why do you want this job?
Professional answer
I have been fortunate to work for some great programs in my past but I've had your athletic program on my radar for a few years now. You are recognized as a world-class program and you have developed some professional-level athletes across the US. I've been hoping for an opportunity to lead a team like this for many years. Thank you again, for your consideration.
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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.
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