By Tim Chambers
Johnson County didn’t have to look very far to find its third athletic director in three years. Austin Atwood will fill that role replacing Dr. Stephen Long, a supervisor at the central office.
Atwood who also serves as head boys’ basketball coach will remain in that position but will relinquish his role as head golf coach. Matt Bray will fill those duties after serving for seven seasons as junior high head football coach. Devin Shaw will take over for him and will be assisted by head baseball coach Pete Pavusek.
Atwood embraces his new role on the hill. It’s something he has envisioned doing.
“I’ve always been interested in the AD role,” said Atwood. “I think it will work out with me being a coach because you know what everyone expects. Jim Crowder was a former coach and he got AD of the year statewide a couple of times. Stephen did a fantastic job as AD and has everything in great shape. I’m just hoping to do as good a job as he did, plus try and improve on some things. I hope to take some stress off our head coaches. We’ll all work together to try and make this work.”
Long was over the testing ing at building a youth football field possibly in the future. That would help with practices in addition to revenue and other things. Charlie Jennings took over the youth football league and he’s been great to work with. Our goal is to make everyone happy. We can do that with the right kind of facility.”
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