March 9, 2019
By Meg Seng Consider for a moment your approach to hiring a head coach. You probably post the position through your human resources office, as required by school policies. However, this channel doesn’t often produce a bona fide pool of applicants. Sometimes it doesn’t produce any candidates at all! So, as athletic administrators, most of us have learned to be proactive. We develop and use our own networks to find coaches. This is a tried and true solution with one big shortcoming—we tend to... more
Progressive Programs
March 8, 2019
Like many other school districts nationwide, the one in Greeley-Evans, Colo., is experiencing a troubling trend in its athletics program. While middle school sports participation is robust, the numbers drop significantly at the high school level. Unlike many other districts, though, Greeley-Evans is working hard to uncover the causes of the problem and find solutions. Over the past year, Robert Billings, District Athletic Director, has spearheaded an effort that includes discussions, surveys,... more
High School News
March 7, 2019
Castaic High School is a new high school in Los Angeles County in Southern California that is opening in the fall, and the school has decided to launch its athletics program by hiring two athletic directors, Jibri Hodge and Mark Overdevest. Jibri Hodge and Mark Overdevest will share the duties of AD at the new school.  It was decided that the best way to start the program from scratch is having two leaders who share the same vision for development of athletics at Castaic HS. “Just to have a... more
March 3, 2019
It's important to keep your fitness facilities as fit as the people who use them. And just as with regular fitness, it requires a routine, maintenance and the ability to put in the time. Here is a checklist to use:
High School News
March 2, 2019
Mike Boles is in his first year as athletic director at Sonoma Valley High School, and he is overseeing a very engaged athletic program; almost half of the students are involved in one or more sports.  And this type of engagement is a reflection of his personality.  “It’s kind of a culture of commitment,” Bolles said in an article on the Sonoma Index Tribune website. “If they’re not committed to their skill sets, they aren’t going to be as good as those who are putting in the time. So that kind... more
Event Management
March 1, 2019
The New Mexico Activities Association has taken a step to curb unruly fan behavior at sporting events which is impacting the number of people who choose to serve as officials at high school games. The NMAA has produced a video to raise awareness about the problem.  Click on the link to watch the video.  "We are at a critical shortage of officials in various sports," wrote J.P. Murrieta, the Sports Information Director for the NMAA. "These officials have chosen to help out athletics by being a... more