For more than a ten years, Tucker Barnard has managed Stillwater’s athletic department though coaching the higher university football staff.
That will shortly adjust.
Barnard is switching from athletic director to a recently produced function as the director of football operations/coordinator of strength and sport overall performance, Stillwater General public Schools introduced in a press release Friday. Barnard is retaining his placement as football coach.
The occupation changeover is predicted to get location “in the coming months,” in accordance to the push release. Barnard verified his athletic director duties will have through the conclude of the college year, nevertheless SPS will aim to employ the service of his successor prior to then.
Barnard explained he looks forward to the change, and he likened his purpose as Advertisement and football coach to balancing “two total-time jobs.”
“It’s been enjoyment,” Barnard claimed. “It’s been thrilling, but it is been actually demanding to attempt to retain all of individuals plates spinning. This will give me an prospect to type of slim my scope but deepen the target. I think it will assist me be capable to be a better football mentor, just not getting fairly so a lot heading on.”
In 2011, Stillwater Public Colleges employed Barnard as soccer mentor with the intention of naming him athletic director following Butch Lingenfelter’s retirement at the stop of the university year. As Barnard readies for his new situation, SPS is hunting for an athletic director with no coaching responsibilities hooked up to the work, in accordance to the press launch.
The launch contains a statement from interim superintendent Gay Washington, who claimed she does not know of an additional Class 6A school district with an athletic director who also serves as head football mentor.
“In our conferences, I have been appreciative of Tucker’s wish to make improvements to the athletic division, detect this need to have and outline the new position, and carry on to provide the learners of Stillwater,” Washington explained in the launch. “He’s established to be a spectacular football mentor, and the current construction of the Ad place with head coaching duties provides logistical worries that just never require to exist.”
Barnard explained he appreciates Washington for her vision through the approach. He pointed out the increase of energy and conditioning applications in large university athletics, and with Barnard’s management, Stillwater is buying into the motion.
The push release states Barnard’s new purpose requires launching and delineating a “robust strength and sports performance program” accessible to SPS scholar-athletes in the sixth through 12th grades.
“It’s an location that we have actually been behind,” Barnard explained. “We’ve been driving a bunch of the other, specially the 6A applications, but even some more compact packages, so it is truly just about us commencing to make a commitment to transferring forward in that place.”
Barnard claimed he won’t act as Stillwater’s strength mentor. Rather, he will manage the software and collaborate with coaches to make it get the job done for their teams. Inevitably, Stillwater will employ the service of toughness coaches, he said, but a timeline isn’t established.
“To me, a person of the factors that tends to make this genuinely remarkable is that it’s signaling the go in that path,” Barnard mentioned.
His duties will contain workshops and demonstrations that heart on toughness and sport performance, in accordance to the push release. Safety for pupil-athletes is a single essential topic.
“It’s not about putting a bunch of pounds on the bar and generating them definitely powerful as sixth graders,” Barnard explained. “That’s not what we’re carrying out. We’re making an attempt to instruct them at an early age how to lift effectively, how to carry securely, start understanding the actions – for the reason that a whole lot of them are really complex actions. …
“Then as they get more mature and are capable to get started instruction with heavier weights, there is not as substantially of a mastering curve, and we can do it much much more securely since they’ve had experience with the lifts.”
Although Barnard prepares for the changeover, candidates for Stillwater’s athletic director placement can locate data at www.stillwaterschools.com. When his successor is employed, Barnard intends to aid the new Ad in growing cozy with the career.
“I’ll be equipped to supply a whole lot of aid in that place as a great deal as desired,” Barnard claimed. “Just to make confident that it is a easy changeover for the subsequent man or woman.”