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athletic director

October 31, 2017

ADs, coaches must embrace value of professional development

When we think about athletic budgets, necessities like equipment, salaries and facilities costs spring to mind. You typically don’t consider professional development to be a critical part of your spending, but if not, that’s something you should ...


August 23, 2017

Bridging the gap: Strengthening the coach/AD relationship

Being successful in athletics is not always about pure talent. The development of relationships within a team often makes or breaks a team, regardless of talent. I’m not saying talent is unimportant, but relationship development can take a team wit...


August 7, 2017

Building the principal/athletic director relationship

A positive relationship between athletic director and principal is a key component to building a successful high school athletic program. Having held both jobs, I have seen the challenges and vantage points of each. They are easily and equally the mo...


August 3, 2017

A.D.ministration: Honoring your coaches and athletes

Most high school athletic programs do something to recognize the success and accomplishments of their athletes and coaches. This effort could come in the form of an awards program or a special evening with refreshments served afterward, or even a for...


June 23, 2017

A.D.ministration: Athletic fundraising in small communities

Getting signage for athletic facilities and securing corporate sponsorships are common fundraising approaches for many high schools. This may be much more difficult, however, for schools in small communities, because there may be fewer businesses to ...


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What do you look for when hiring a new coach?

Kennedy High School (Iowa) Athletic Director Aaron Stecker discusses what qualities he looks for when hiring new coaches into his program. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvb_GdDyJMc[/embed]...


March 28, 2017

Avoiding the ‘perfect storm’ emergency

Emergency action plans and how they should be used in your program The Kalani High School (Hawaii) campus was a busy place that warm autumn afternoon. On the field, the school's varsity and junior varsity football teams excitedly practiced for their...


March 22, 2017

Four popular budgeting styles used in athletic programs

Creating an accurate athletic budget largely depends on the type of budgeting strategy used by the sports department. Ken Mohney, director of student activities with the Mattawan Consolidated School District in Michigan, outlines four popular budg...