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Hudson gets my vote for Bloomfield ADPosted 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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