From the Athletic Director's Office
The AD's Blog is a chance for readers to see what daily life is like in the Athletics Office at Delaware County Christian School. Athletic Director, Mike Walker and Athletic Coordinator, Jake Godino, will give insight regarding an athletics program that is distinctively Christian.
This past Saturday (2/4/17) we honored our Winter Athletes. The boosters are the ones who go out and buy the posters that you see hanging, the flowers and buttons. They dedicate a lot of time and effort into honoring our seniors and prove to be a vital part of the Athletic Office's success. We love reading the notes that the parents write to their respective players.
Its always bitter-sweet to see our seniors go, but we always wish them all the best!
It is always great as the Athletic Director, to see athletes go on to the next level. Today I had the opportunity to join Alex Thompson and her family to sign her National Letter of Intent to play soccer for St. Bonaventure. My wish is always that DC Athletics would become a part of each of our graduates testimonies.
Congratulations to Alex and the whole Thompson family for this wonderful achievement.
DC was proud to have 701 Productions from Philadelphia come in to shoot our hype videos last week for Boys and Girls basketball. We are looking forward to using our new LED display boards to enhance our in-game experience for our fans and players alike.
Come out to some varsity basketball games to see the hype video and LED displays in action!
Who has been working on their game? Who is in shape? How many shots have you taken in the off-season? These are all questions that will be answered this week. Tryouts will be underway for our Winter sports and we will see who has been dedicated to getting better.
The excitement builds around this time of year when the cold air forces us inside to watch basketball, wrestling and swimming. We are already praying for our athletes to have a safe and succesfull winter season.
It's going to be a fun week to be a DC Athletics administrator. For district playoff games, the district requires that at least one administrator is present at any and all playoff games. So, this week myself and Jake Godino will be going to Lower Moreland on Monday for Field Hockey, Dock for Boys soccer on Wednesday and again to Dock for Girls soccer on Friday.
We hope to see everyone at the games this week! Go Knights!
It is always a challenge to move around Fall sports teams when it rains. Just last week we had to shuffle teams around for practice. We utilized all of our indoor facilities, both gyms on the Upper Campus and the gym at the Lower Campus.
Our protocol calls for the AD office to make a call on whether to cancel or not by 1PM on the day of an event. We utilize the "canned responses" feature in gmail to ensure that we communicate the same message to the same list of recipients each time, so nothing is overlooked.
Once we decide to cancel an event, our first call goes to Marie Coppola, our Transportation Director. We make sure she stays in the loop so she can free up buses and vans for other use. After we call Marie, we call the coach of that sport and ask them when and where they want to practice. We then move on to contacting either Elizabeth Neal (HS office) or Gwen Peters (MS office), depending on whether or not it was a high school sport or middle school sport, they can get the announcement out. We also try to re-schedule day of the cancelled event. Usually we have the game made up the following day.
Well, that's another installment of "Daily Life." Stay tuned for more!
As Athletic Director, I am always trying to grow professionally. I have had the awesome opportunity to travel locally to visist and meet with athletic staff from Villanova and Temple Univeristy. I have also had the pleasure of traveling to Valor Christian High School in Colorado and then to Brentwood Academy in Nashville to glean any knowledge I can in order to enhance the athletic experience here at DC.
Most recently, from September 18th to the 20th, I was able to travel to Chicago for the CASE Conference (Council of Athletics Standards of Excellence) with Don Davis and Jake Godino. There, we met Athletic Directors from Florida to Connecticut, Indiana to Ohio, for round-table discussions on major topics in Athletics.
Wheaton Academy volunteered to be our hosts during the trip and provided some great talking points for us to bring back to DC. Discussions around best practices, the National Anthem and transgender athletes were all topics of conversation.
We have a unique platform at DC to show off God's love in sports. Growing with other AD's as we pursue a stronger relationship with the Lord is an opportunity I will never turn down.
This "Daily Life" segment of our blog will give you a glimpse into an Athletic Administrators life. We hope you enjoy reading our first installment of this on-going series...
From Monday, September 12th to Saturday, September 17th, we will have 9 home events, 23 officials to call and a lot of setting up. For those 9 home events its always important to make sure the opposing team feels welcome. Setting up tables, chairs and a friendly greeting is all a part of good hospitality practices.
We also like to call officials before each event to make sure they know where to park, ensure they have the correct start time and answer any other questions they might have. We use a site called, "Arbiter" for assigning officials to games. This site is used by almost every sport, at every level, including professional and collegiate sports.
This week will be busy, but hopefully the DC Knights will go out there and get a few wins!
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