Athletic Director

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Overview
An athletic director (commonly "athletics director" or "AD") is an administrator at many american colleges and universities, as well as in larger high schools and middle schools, who oversees the work of coaches and related staff involved in intercollegiate or interscholastic athletic programs (ehow.com). They are in charge of an athletic department at a high school, college or university and at some colleges, the athletic director may hold academic rank. They are usually considered to be full-time administrators instead of, full time faculty members.
Although technically in charge of all of the coaches, they are often far beyond well-compensated and also less famous, with few having their own television and radio
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At the major college level, some of these responsibilities may be delegated but the athletic director will still oversee these areas. Athletic directors work with coaches to determine scheduling of games and practices. Athletic directors also work with conferences and leagues on scheduling and other issues, like post-season play.

Within a program, decisions may have to be made on how to allocate time for a field, court, or weight room. The athletic director often provides guidance for coaches. At the major college level, the hiring of coaches is a key responsibility for athletic directors that can be subject to public scrutiny (careerpaths.com). Athletic directors work with coaches and perhaps a travel coordinator to plan trips. They also coordinate officials and umpires at games and budget for their pay. Typically athletic directors file reports on the status of each team and its successes and shortcomings. They may mediate any disputes between athletes and coaches or between coaches.

Athletic Director Job Description

Athletic directors at the high school level work with other school administrators to assure student athletes are academically eligible for a given sport. Athletic directors carry out this responsibility at the college level as well. At the college level, they also typically work with a compliance officer to make sure a program is
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