Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A Places ADs on the Hot Seat

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A Places ADs on the Hot Seat

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Byline: Chase Goodbread, Times-Union sports writer

This week, area athletic directors, selected at random, answer five tough questions:

Q: Should public and private schools have separate playoffs?

A: No. It would cost a lot more money, for one thing. But it can be argued both ways. Financial aid is an advantage for private schools. If financial aid wasn't available at private schools, I would say things are fine like they are. Splitting the playoffs would create some problems.

-- Joe Reynolds, Fletcher AD

Q: What would be your first move if you were commissioner of the FHSAA?

A: It would be to address recruiting, both by public and private schools. To some extent, it will surely always go on, but when you have seniors bouncing around from school to school for what are obviously athletic reasons, things need to be put in place to stop that. A lot of it is just too blatant.

-- Bob West, Bishop Kenny AD

Q: Is the magnet program abused for athletes wishing to transfer from one Jacksonville public school to another?

A: Certainly, a number of coaches have suggested that it is a problem, but unless one of them takes the step to do something about it, nothing much will ever happen. Obviously, it is not supposed to be used as a recruiting tool. I've got mixed feelings about it. There are times when a change of environment is needed for the student. I know of one transfer in which an athlete was in danger of getting involved with the wrong friends, and getting away was the best thing for him.

-- Tim Worsowicz, Forrest AD

Q: What is the greatest challenge for an athletic director?

A: Scheduling. ADs have to oversee district scheduling in each sport. This spring, I've got to make sure seven soccer teams in one district that's spread from Jacksonville to Gainesville to Panama City can play one another twice each. …

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