MCDONOUGH — Two local Athletic Directors were honored this past weekend at the Georgia Athletic Directors Association conference in Savannah.
Union Grove High’s Kelli Smith and Henry County High’s Jason Harris were named Athletic Director of the Year in their respective regions. Smith earned Region 4-AAAAA honors while Harris took home the award for Region 4-AAAA.
“Being an athletic director is rewarding in so many ways, but to be recognized by my peers, was the ultimate achievement,” Smith said. “Those in the profession understand the demands and I was truly honored to be chosen by fellow ADs.
“I feel the function of the athletic director is to provide a safe, orderly environment in which student athletes, spectators and parents can enjoy the spirit of competition,” she added. “My goal for all Union Grove athletes and student section members is to develop a strong sense of pride in being a Wolverine while creating lasting memories and seeking to achieve all goals set by and for them.”
Each region collects votes from their member schools on who they think has done an outstanding job. Those winners are sent in for recognition. Both Smith and Harris are very active promoting their schools on social media.
“We are transitioning into utilizing Google Docs next year with many of the administrative things that we have to do, and they both have gotten on board throughout the course of the year,” Curt Miller, Henry County Schools Athletics Coordinator said. “Both of them are very organized and awesome to work with.”
Miller himself was honored at the event. He was selected to the Board of Directors for the GADA on Tuesday. He will be the technology chair for the organization, focused on the website, communications and social media.