Smith resigns as Coupeville athletic director

Coupeville High School and Middle School is seeking a new athletic director after Willie Smith tendered his resignation at a June 15 school board meeting.

In a letter submitted to high school Principal Sheldon Rosenkrance and middle school Principal David Ebersole, Smith stated his decision to resign was not because he wanted to, rather it was because "the offering I received from the superintendent does not reflect a fair and equitable compensation for the amount of time, effort and work that goes into the job as an athletic director."

One of Smith's concerns was the game manager stipend he had previously received that would no longer be offered.

Smith stated he spoke with Superintendent Patty Page two years ago and was informed that the stipend would no longer be offered.

Smith stated that Page's reasoning was that in his job description, he was already required to supervise a minimum of 80 percent of all games.

Page reportedly made the comment that she had never seen a requirement like that and that she would re-work the job description to remove the requirement; but that did not occur until this past week.

Smith wrote that due to an apparent lack of communication with the district office, the fall/winter game supervising position was not opened and he was therefore expected to and did perform supervision at all of these contests.

Even though the requirement of supervising 80 percent of the events has been removed, Smith wrote that he would still be responsible for overseeing the setup of events including ensuring workers are scheduled and the event manager has been trained in the supervision of an event.

"This is quite a time-consuming process," he said.

The athletic director is also responsible to hire, supervise and evaluate a large staff, in addition to making sure the school complies with WIAA policies plus putting together a schedule for all sports and re-scheduling games when necessary. In addition, he or she is required to handle parental complaints and concerns, investigate, report and discipline all athletic code violations.

Smith stated that these items are just a sampling of what he is required to do in the athletic director's position.

Smith's stipend was reduced to $1,200 this year and a planning period was also taken away because he would no longer be the middle school athletic director.

Smith wrote that comparing other stipends to his, every head coach, who he is responsible for supervising, makes more money for their single season than he makes for the entire year.

"I can't see how this could be considered a fair and equitable situation at all," Smith wrote.

Smith said he has enjoyed serving in the position as Coupeville's athletic director, but the requirements of the position have become too time consuming for the compensation received.

In addition, Smith also resigned from his position as assistant high school football coach.

"I was just starting to get a little burned out with the job," he said. "I really enjoy coaching football so maybe I'll be giving the middle school team a hand this year and I'll be up in the stands watching the kids play. I'll probably end up in the booth."

The school board accepted both of Smith's resignation letters.

Smith said he will continue his position as Coupeville's head baseball coach.

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