Athletic Director Essay

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March 31, 2010 SPB 101 Life of an Athletic Director With the great variety of sports offered at high schools and colleges, it is important to have an effective athletic director providing leadership. This profile will look at the athletic director position at the high school and college level. No matter which level, athletic directors oversee all aspects of an athletic program, including hiring coaches, scheduling, budget preparation, promotion, and facility management. If you are an organized person who thrives in a position of leadership--and enjoys sports, a career as an athletic director could prove a good fit. The athletic director will also supervise most junior high coaches whose program feeds the high school. Bachelor’s degree in Education or Master’s degree preferred. Most schools prefer valid Teacher’s Certificate. Salaries range from $40,000 to the top $100,000, depending on the school district and their funds available for athletics. A job as an athletic director is appealing to me because I love working with people. Learning what I learned from my interview you have to have good people skills. As an athletic director you are working with people most of the day. When I asked what a typical day is for Robert Biaggi an athletic director at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, he told me that was difficult but he’d try. This is what he told me about a typical day “Before school, I'll spend an average of twenty minutes a day either in scheduling meetings, talking with a coach to check on a game or a custodian to check on game things. Usually, I'll speak with another athletic director before school. 1st, 2nd and 3rd periods; attendance and bulletin work. 4th and 5th periods are usually spent speaking with kids on everything from attendance to discipline. 6th period is usually on the phone scheduling activities. 7th period is usually checking on
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