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McConnell ready to take over as AD at EGHSPosted Thursday, July 30, 2009, at 1:18 PM
EASTERN HEIGHTS -- Eastern Greene High School's new athletic director Trevor McConnell is anxious to get started.
McConnell, who spent the 2008-09 year as a special education teaching assistant and varsity baseball coach at EGHS, was approved by a 5-0 vote to replace Jeff Cochren by the Eastern-Greene Board of School Trustees June 13.
"I feel really blessed to have this opportunity," said the 2005 Bloomington South High School graduate, who will receive a $30,000 salary which includes a $5,000 summer stipend for McConnell's work with various summer camp programs, tournaments and field maintenance, according to Superintendent Ty Mungle.
McConnell graduated from Indiana University in December 2008 in 3 1/2 years with a bachelor's degree in sports marketing and management with a business minor. He is currently working on his masters and trying to obtain his teaching credentials.
"I am in an accelerated program to get my teaching certificate," he said. "From what I was told, it would be easier to go ahead and try to get a master's and teaching certificate this way.
"Once I get a state teaching license, I can then try to worry about the content area. Hopefully something will work out here where I can get a teaching job here. Mr. Mungro said they would do what they could, but nobody has a crystal ball to look into the future."
Principal Kevin Frank submitted a letter of recommendation on McConnell's behalf.
"Trevor has proven himself to the Eastern Greene Schools community this past school year," Frank wrote. "Through his work in two positions, he has proven to have the leadership, communication, and organizational skills to direct our high school athletic program.
"While he took on a team of young athletes, his leadership led them to our second straight baseball sectional title. His most impressive accomplishment during the baseball season had to be his leadership of many parents, students, and community members in improving the look of our baseball field. Under Trevor's direction, our school community helped to improve our field tremendously. Many now consider our field one of the top high school baseball fields around."
Frank added that McConnell has always been around and loved athletics.
"He was raised around athletics as his father was a major college football coach at such places as LSU, Vanderbilt, and Indiana University," wrote Frank. "Trevor participated in athletics as a high school and college student (baseball at IU).
"His experiences and education have prepared him to be a successful high school athletic director. I am confident that he will do an outstanding job of leading our athletic department."
Mungle said that McConnell has been a very popular coach at Eastern Greene.
Trevor said that expects to be the baseball coach again in 2010.
"I haven't been told any differently," he said. "There are a lot of places where people coach and are the AD.
"I really want to continue to coach baseball."
He said that he is punctual and organized and expects those traits to carry over into his new job.
"I have to make sure the expenses are covered," said McConnell. "There always will be issues to deal with about the athletic budget.
"Also I will have to work with all the coaches and be aware of the concerns and needs of their programs, and not just baseball."
McConnell said he had a meeting recently with Cochren, who took a position at Heritage Hills, closer to his home.
"I am trying to get up to speed on everything." he said. "I will be begin a couple of weeks before school starts and work through June 30 of next year.
"I look forward to continuing to work with the administration and getting to know the parents and kids better."
Daily World Reporter Anna Rochelle contributed to this story.
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