By Jake Kreulen, sports writer
Less than two weeks after naming Ryan Sulkowski as Richard Skipper’s successor for the position of athletic director at Coffee County Central High School, two assistant athletic directors and a senior women’s administrator have been tabbed to help run the athletics programs at the school.
Mike Ray and Kandy Shemwell have been selected as assistant ADs, while Rebecca Koger will fill the women’s administrator position.
“We’re taking a team approach for the whole program,” said CHS principal Dr. Joey Vaughn. “We are still working on the details of what everyone’s specific duties will be, but we will all be working together to make sure the athletic department at Coffee County Central High School operates in the best manner possible.”
Vaughn said that in order to keep Sulkowski from spreading himself too thin in his role of athletic director, a decision was made to bring three more individuals into the fold. Despite the three added positions, no additional funds were required for salaries.
The position of athletic director includes a stipend equal to 16-percent of that person’s base salary. To create the additional three positions, that stipend was split four ways with each of the assistants receiving 3-percent.
“Once again, this was done by dividing the supplement that is already in place, and not by using any new funds,” Vaughn said. “We distributed the money in the most effective manner that we could.”
Vaughn said that Shemwell and Ray will work with many game management issues such as hiring officials and providing an administrative presence at games in their new roles.
“The TSSAA requires an administrator at major sporting events,” Vaughn said. “There are more sporting events than one person can cover, which is one of the reasons we looked at multiple people for the job.”
Shemwell is no stranger to coaching, as she has been an assistant in girls’ basketball, soccer and track. She will remain as an assistant soccer coach in the fall.
Ray will also be retained as Coffee County’s tennis and golf coach, as well as an assistant coach for swimming.
Sulkowski added that both Ray and Shemwell will be “pivotal in fundraising” for CHS.
Koger, who has experience coaching tennis, swimming and women’s basketball, will obviously have a large role in women’s athletics.
For complete coverage of this event, pick up a copy of this week’s edition (May 27) of the Manchester Times.