Double Duty

November 28, 2017

Kevin Bryant is a longtime athletic administrator with many experiences under his belt. This year, he is taking on what may be his toughest challenge yet: serving as Athletic Director at both Redmont and Ridgeview High Schools, in the Redmond (Ore.) School District.

According to The Bulletin, last May, the Redmond School District consolidated both its high school athletic director positions into one, which Bryant now holds. 

“One of the things that attracted me to the job was the challenge,” Bryant said. “I’ve been able to speak in 15 different states to high school ADs, and I’ve never seen this arrangement. It’s really interesting, obviously challenging.”

Bryant has offices at both schools, which are five miles from each other. According to Angela Capps, who coaches basketball for Redmond, Bryant has been accessible and available, visiting practices and talking to coaches.

“Kevin, I don’t know when he sleeps,” she said. “I mean, this guy is working nonstop.”

Jeff Vallie, who has coached swimming at Ridgeview for the last six years, initially disapproved of the decision to have one athletic director for both schools. But Bryant has won him over to the idea. 

“When I first heard the idea, I thought, ‘Man, that’s a horrible mistake. How is one guy going to run two different programs?’” Vallie said. “But since I’ve gotten to know Kevin, he’s doing one heck of a job.”

Bryant expressed his desire to teach good character in addition to athletic skill, as well as how thankful he is for the job.

“I just think, I’m the luckiest guy in the whole world to be able to do this job, and every day I get to be around kids and coaches and parents, and I just feel really blessed to be able to do it every day,” he said. “I know I can do it better, and I’m going to keep trying to do it better, but it’s a very humbling job every day. You see ways you can be better. What I don’t want to do is let down the community in any way.”

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