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Hudson gets my vote for Bloomfield AD

Posted Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 7:16 PM

When it comes to personnel decisions made by local school boards, I have learned to take the low road and keep my comments and thoughts to myself. I think the old adage 'discretion is the better part of valor' is the right philosophy to have.

But in the quest for a full-time athletic director for the Bloomfield School District, I feel compelled to speak up for interim AD Rick Hudson, who in no way shape or form solicited this endorsement.

From all the conjecture, Hudson is not one of the five finalists that are being considered to take over the position, which serves as the boys and girls athletic director for all schools within the district, for 2008-09. The question I have is why not?

Although I may not be the most savvy person when it comes to hiring and firing, I believe there is some truth to hiring from within. If you have someone willing and able to do the job and they are already on the payroll, why not give that person an opportunity.

But Hudson won't be the first local qualified person that is willing to do that job and not get an opportunity. Hudson agreed to take the job on a interim basis, basically bailing out the BSD after Andy Ross got an opportunity to teach and coach at another school again, right before the start of the school year.

He felt the need to return to the classroom, instead of being an the athletic director for the elementary, junior high and high school teams at Bloomfield. This is a taxing and thankless job and I believe that Hudson, no matter what trivial excuse someone may use to want to replace him, has earned a shot to do it full time.

This column is not meant to slight any of those candidates who will interview for the job or anyone that has had the job previously, but Hudson is one of the most helpful, competent and professional athletic directors I have worked with during my 20 years as a sports journalist.

And believe me, I have worked with some ADs that believe basic information should be protected and sheltered like gold at Fort Knox, or they just don't care enough or realize that the media is just trying to help keep the public informed.

Rick has went out of his way to help me on numerous occasions, including making calls while on the road returning from spring break in order to find out whether a BHS baseball game was rained out or not.

After a 15-hour day, he also drove to Switz City to return equipment that I left in Glover Gymnasium after a girls basketball game.

I look forward to working with the new athletic director, but I can't help but think the simplest and smartest move would be to remove the interim tag from Hudson's title.

After their record-breaking night when they had 40 hits and scored 53 runs in a victory over Eminence earlier this month, the achievements of the Bulldogs, which included setting eight state baseball records, was mentioned in USA Today.

Congratulations to the Bulldogs and their fans for their rare achievement.

B.J. Hargis is Sports Editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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Rick is a great guy who had done a great job as the AD. He baled the school out of a bad situation. He deserves better treatment from the school board and administration -- at least give him an interview. I agree with BJ, there is plenty of merit to hiring from within. It appears the Bloomfield School Board doesn't necessarily like that idea based on several hirings in the not to distant past.

-- Posted by Wordmaster on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 8:29 AM

What if Mr. Hudson didn't do a very good job according to the administrators and/or people that work within the school? Maybe the so-called nine-month interview wasn't a good one. How do any of us know? Mr Hargis and others may like certain aspects of the job Mr. Hudson has been doing, BUT what if there are internal issues that we don't know about? It's possible isn't it?

-- Posted by leonard on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 4:00 PM

It was well documented and publicized last August that he was hired for only the interim period. By being on the job, he was given the opportunity of a nine month interview. Apparently, it didn't go so good.

Move on. The athletic director isn't exactly the key person of a school district anyway.

-- Posted by BloomburgBanter on Wed, Apr 30, 2008, at 4:11 PM

Actually a good athletic director is worth their weight in gold. They work insane hours running from one sporting event to another. Throw in the administrative duties during the day, and it is a tough job. Truthfully, Bloomfield should step out of the dark ages and hire an assitant AD or someone who covers the elementary or JH. Nobody in their right mind should want that job. Too many hours. The pay isn't worth it!

-- Posted by GCC on Thu, May 1, 2008, at 11:19 AM

does it really matter who they hire?? the principal wants to make all the decisons about athletics anyway

-- Posted by hank73 on Fri, May 2, 2008, at 7:53 AM

If Bloomfield would quit letting a principal run the school, who never gives anyone a break, it would be much better. Hudson was treated like a step child by the principal who didn't want him to have the job to start with, but yet he still wants the job. Give it to him, let him continue to do a great job.

-- Posted by bloomfieldfan on Thu, May 15, 2008, at 11:39 AM

Mr. Hudson should get the job! I have been attending Bloomfield sporting events home and away for the past 10 years. I was not used to seeing the AD at any sport other than basketball until Rick got the job. He shows he cares by being at all the sporting events. He is committed and will be there for more than a year or two. From what I've seen, he has done an outstanding job!

-- Posted by AllSportsFan98 on Sun, May 25, 2008, at 9:13 AM

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