WCPSS athletic directors show commitment to their programs by attaining national certification
Mike Dunphy recently became the sixth Wake County Public School System athletic director to meet the requirements to attain the distinction of Certified Athletic Administrator.
The certification is a high honor, and takes a lot of work. Why’d he do it?
“For me, it starts and ends with the kids,” the Cary High School athletic director says. “It gives me an opportunity to help my kids and my parents and my coaches to have a better experience at Cary High School.”
It’s intensive and time consuming, but well worth it. The course work and certification process of the NIAAA is the only non brick and mortar organization accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
“To earn this distinction, Mike has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration,” the NIAAA wrote in a press release.
“The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Mike is one of an elite group of interscholastic athletic administrators nationwide to attain this level of professionalism.”
More than a feather in his cap, Dunphy says certification classes prompted him to think about his own performance and implement improvements.
“I would reflect on myself, and make sure I was covering all my bases,” Dunphy says.
“For example, I went back and really started to work on fine tuning my coaches handbook. Making sure all my teams have some sort of document they provide where players agree to a code of conduct, spelling out due process if an athlete needs to be removed from a team, etc. Essentially, the certification process made me think about, ‘Am I doing my job as well as I possibly can?’”
The classes, often held at national or regional conventions, also afforded opportunities to swap ideas with athletic directors from around the country.
“I enjoyed learning from them,” Dunphy says, “and not having to reinvent the wheel.”
Tony Lewis, athletic director at Sanderson High School, received his certification three years ago.
Like Dunphy, he said the process has helped him lead a better athletic program that serves students.
“We run the best drop-out prevention program in the country,” Lewis says. “Statistics show it over and over and over again, there’s no other program like it that leads to higher GPAs, higher graduation rates, less discipline problems. That’s what we get to do. So if you can get some tools that will help you help your kids achieve that, why wouldn’t you?”
He says the process has helped him think about his program in its totality and focus on the overarching mission of high school athletics.
“High school is the only place where it truly still is an amateur league,” he says. “It’s not just about winning. Ninety-eight percent will never play organized sports again. So it’s about boys becoming men and girls becoming ladies, working with them so we’re helping student athletes grow into productive citizens using the the valuable lessons they learn through participation in interscholastic athletics. Ultimately we have to make sure we are providing the best opportunities possible for our student athletes. Involvement in the certification process through the NIAAA has helped me to do so.”
The other WCPSS Certified Athletic Administrators are:
Del Phillips – Apex High School
L.J. Hepp – Panther Creek High School
Scott McInnes – Millbrook High School
Colin Fegeley - Green Hope High School
Others have become Registered Athletic Administrators, a step toward full certification.
Deran Coe oversees athletic programs across the district. A former athletic director at Franklinton High Schooland Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, he has attained the highest level of certification being recognized as a Certified Master Athletic Administrator.
He knows first-hand the benefits of the training, and he’s encouraged by all the Wake County athletic directors who see its value as well.
“I am very proud of the commitment and dedication WCPSS athletic directors show consistently in providing quality educational athletic opportunities for the young men and women of Wake County,” Coe says.
“These athletic directors have taken an extra step by committing to the process of continuous improvement through the NIAAA's nationally accredited professional development program which leads to certification. To have AD’s make time to take the extensive course work required for certification and prepare for the cumulative exam is certainly admirable. I salute the athletic directors who have met the requirements for RAA and CAA, as well as those who have begun the journey towards certification.”
Coe says Wake County is poised to become a leader nationally as more and more athletic directors work toward certification.
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