After the school went through multiple athletic directors over the past few years, Preble Shawnee’s new athletic director Brad Wright said he plans on sticking around for a while.
Wright has taught math at Preble Shawnee Junior High School for 14 years.
“My heart and soul is with the school and I think it was time for me to take my job to another level,” Wright said. “I wanna bring stability cause the AD just can’t keep doing this and our sports programs are starting to suffer for it.”
Wright said he is passionate about putting the best teams the school can onto the fields and into the facilities. He has coached various sports, such as football, track, basketball and wrestling.
“I’m looking for a challenge and this is definitely a challenge and I’m looking forward to it,” Wright said.
Wright said he wants to make sure he is providing his coaches with what they need to keep their teams competitive.
“I wanna give them stability to where they got somebody who they can come talk to, who will help them, who will guide them, and that’s been some of the things we’re lacking over the last few years,” Wright said. “So I’m hoping to be here for a while and settle down and really just create a good, positive sports department, a better athletic department.”
Wright said it’s been difficult to watch the program suffer during the past few years because there hasn’t been a consistent athletic director to lead the department.
“I’m planning on being here for a while,” Wright said. “I’m hoping I do a good job. I think I will do a good job.”
Wright said he plans to make sure all the sports facilities are maintained or upgraded to a high standard. There is currently a new tennis complex being built, new bleachers going into the high school gym and bleachers being renovated in the football stadium.
“I just want our kids to have high standards for facilities and give them something they look forward to go play on, go run on, go hit on,” Wright said.”That’s my first thing is to make sure all of our sports, they’re provided with the necessary equipment and the necessary facilities.”
Wright said he wants to give each program the opportunity to be an elite team and be highly competitive.
“I know that’s a lot to do in two years, but I’m not really one to sit around and wait around, so let’s get busy,” Wright said.
Although Wright said there is nothing in his past 14 years of teaching that has really prepared him to be an athletic director, he said his faculty and administration, as well as other local athletic directors, have been very helpful.
“I’m just looking forward to trying to give Preble Shawnee the best athletic programs they can have and be highly competitive, so that’s what I look to do,” Wright said.