The 2nd annual THSADA Fall Forum was held this past September in San Marcos at the Embassy Suites.Continue reading
THSADA members are invited to a webinar on December 8th with Executive Director Rusty Dowling and motivational speaker Chris Singleton.Continue reading
Recognition of the new class of honorees will take place at the PBK Sports-THSADA Hall of Honor Ceremony that will be held on Sunday, June 12th, 2022.Continue reading
By Dena Scott, CAA
Director of Athletics, Fort Bend ISD
As Athletic Administrators look to hire candidates who can hit the ground running in their departments as soon as they are hired, often times, there is no amount of experience or manual that can provide the necessary assistance to encompass all aspects of this profession. When I started eight years ago as an Assistant Athletic Director, I learned first-hand the meaning of this as I was assigned job roles that dealt with department budget, officials pay, several sports, athletic facilities, administrative duties and while at the same time managing the District Physical Education and Health department. With each passing day, week and year, I amassed a wealth of knowledge as well as a mile long list of athletic administrator contacts who I would and still call to ask questions, share ideas, and just bounce ideas off one another.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that I was sitting in my office thinking what better way to provide coaches who aspire to be athletic administrators an opportunity to observe, listen and work alongside us to gain the knowledge and experience I wish I had prior my to first day on the job. The idea came to me in the form of a cohort where our coaches could meet with us once a month and hear from fellow area Athletic Administrators, shadow us at athletic events as site coordinators, and then work together on district athletic administrative projects all with the end goal in mind: preparing coaches for future athletic administrator roles.
At our first aspiring athletic administrative cohort meeting in October of 2019, the first guest speaker was Tim Martin, the Assistant Athletic Director in Alief ISD. He shared his inspiring story with us on how he went from coaching into athletic administration as well as what his role is as an Assistant AD. The agenda also provided a list of upcoming athletic events where coaches could sign up to gain hands on experience. We were looking to form smaller committees to work on projects for athletics and allowed those who were interested to work on those projects. Overall, it was a successful first meeting and as we continued, we fortunate to hear stories from Nicole Nelson (LCISD AD), Pat Dowling (Katy Asst. AD), and Cheryl Etlinger (Spring Branch Asst. AD).
Recently, we started up the cohort again and Deb Mize (FBISD Asst. AD) has taken the reigns and has been able to secure additional athletic administrative speakers, Andre Walker (HISD AD), Virginia Flores (Cy Fair Asst. AD) and Jason Glenn (Klein ISD Director of Student Outreach) who all provide powerful messages to our coaches.
The cohort is averaging about 75 total members and has had an average of 45 attend each meeting since April. The feedback from the group and the speakers has been positive and attracted interest from surrounding districts. As we continue to provide more opportunities for our coaches to gain knowledge and experience in our profession as athletic administrators, our hope is to continue to grow leaders as well as confident co-workers who can join our teams in making an immediate positive impact.
Athough the Hall of Honor Celebration has been cancelled. We will still be recognizing the 2020 award winners in 2021.Continue reading
The following correspondence was sent to superintendents in regards to the ability to coach players through remote learning.Continue reading
We would like to recognize and thank the ISDs and schools for being a part of the first year of group membership.Continue reading
Check out some highlight videos from the first annual THSADA Fall Forum in San Antonio, TX.Continue reading
The Inaugural THSADA Fall Forum was a huge success with over 175 Athletic Administrators from around the state attending.Continue reading
Get to know the newest face in the THSADA office.Continue reading