I hope your summer has been at least a little restful, and we are ready to begin a new school year. I know many started Monday the 4th, and some are starting a few days later, but just remember no matter when you start there are student athletes that will depend on the decisions you will make this year. My prayer is for all your schedules, contest, and personnel issues to go smoothly.
Be willing to reach out to other AD’s for help and offer help when asked to do so. Our job is one that most people don’t understand, so as a result they don’t respect the many difficult issues we deal with on a daily bases. We need to explain what we do in a positive and clear manner so that our administrators, teachers and coaches have a better understanding that our job is one of service, and we are here to make their jobs easier.
I’m proud to be called coach, but equally proud to be call A.D. As long as we remember we are here for our athletes, then we will be able to enjoy our job of service. Hope you have a great year.
Athletic Director - Thomas Co Central High School
Membership dues update
Effective immediately the following changes have been made by the board of directors regarding membership dues.
Dual GADA/NIAAA annual membership dues remain $140.00
Retirees Only annual membership dues are $60.00
Members who have Lifetime NIAAA memberships dues are $30.00
The membership application has been updated. Additional Paypal options are now active on the membership application page. Dues paid via PayPal include a 4% processing fee.
As all coaches know, effective athletic administrators can make your job measurably easier and a little less stressful, while poor athletic administrators can be a nightmare to work for and a big reason you leave.
Here are the top 11 attributes coaches respect in an athletic director, listed in reverse order of how frequently the qualities were mentioned in a recent survey I conducted of my newsletter readers:
Please congratulate Carter Wilson (Decatur, HS, GADA President 2009-2010) for being a part of one of the only books to be nationally published for interscholastic athletic administrators. The NIAAA has been working with the publishers for years to finalize this product. Please examine it on Amazon.com or at NIAAA's website.
It might be possible to have these at the conference to sell. I will check with NIAAA.
Thank you Carter for being a leader and representing Georgia so well. Nice job!
GADA President 2011-12
The Georgia Athletic Directors Association is proud to provide a new nonprofit service to assist families in being properly educated about the athletic collegiate recruiting process. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Recruiting Education Foundation Inc. is providing the GADA with free recruiting webinars for Georgia high school athletes and their families.