Please allow me to applaud Coach Mike Wright’s column concerning the life of a Trigg County athletic director. Prior to Kenneth Oakley’s hiring, former AD Dennis Walls lasted only three months before he realized that there was no realistic way to effectively handle 20 athletic teams, comply with KHSAA requirements, deal with student eligibility, facilities, coaches, scheduling, public relations, contracts, travel, fund raising, parent complaints and other responsibilities too numerous to mention here.
Twenty or so miles down the road, one can find a Christian school with 450 students and a full-time athletic director. Coach Wright thinks tradition is the reason the AD job is still part-time. I tend to think it has to do with benign neglect.
I was asked to be the president of TCHS Booster Club five months ago. I was appalled to discover that the club had no published bylaws, no strict accountability of funds and no democratic election of club officers. I had other serious concerns, and I laid them on Walls’ plate. His response was to resign.
Speaking as a humble taxpayer, I know that the Trigg Schools athletic director’s job is more than a full-time position. I recommend that the Trigg County Board of Education immediately upgrade the AD position to full-time.
John F. Hall