Passion That's Infectious

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 of works itself out.”

Boles supports his athletes and coaches with a passion that is infectious—and a work ethic to support that passion.

As head boy's varsity basketbal coach, Bob led the team to the playoffs in its first season in the new Vine Valley Athletic League.

As AD, he just finalized a partnership with East Bay Sports to outfit all Dragons teams with Nike apparel.

The next focus for Boles: Building a new sports complex, containing football, soccer fields and baseball fields, a track, lighting for nighttime competition, bleachers and a swimming pool.

Right now, Sonoma Valley High School teams have to play their home games at other schools' venues.  “Obviously we would love a brand-new athletic facility so we can keep all our games on campus,” Boles said in the article. “Which would create more excitement, generate more of a crowd base, but also give our student athletes a better opportunity to be successful instead of always having to travel to different locations for their home games.”

Boles' energy is fueled by his attitude. “My life is full with the AD position itself [not factoring in his coaching duties],” said Boles. “There’s a lot on my plate, which I embrace and actually enjoy, as crazy as it sounds. I enjoy the heck out of it.”

“Mike’s number one priority is the kids and the SVHS programs,” Stacey Schoeningh, vice-president of the Sonoma Valley High Boosters, said in the article. “We are lucky to have him.”

Given Boles' passion and glowing personality, it's likely that the school will achieve its goal of building the sports complex it desires in less than the 3+ years project for the project.  He's driven to making the sports complex a reality.

“There’s just something about playing on campus on beautiful fields that makes for excitement and a more competitive environment," he said in the article.

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