CENTENARY, Ohio — A familiar face to lead the Blue and White.
Adam Clark, a 1996 graduate of Gallia Academy High School, will be leading the Blue Devils and Blue Angels as the new athletic director.
Clark has taught in the Gallipolis City School District since 2002, spending his first eight years as a fourth-grade teacher at Washington Elementary, before moving the Gallia Academy Middle School, where he taught sixth grade.
“I wanted a change in position and to take a leadership role,” Clark said. “I want to try to keep moving our athletics forward in a positive way. I hope to increase our numbers for our athletic teams. More participation is what I’m hoping for, so that we’ll be able to fill our teams.”
Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Rio Grande in 2001 and then obtained a master’s degree in administration from the University of Cincinnati in 2007.
Clark has been an assistant football coach for the Blue Devils for seven seasons, something that will likely aid him in the transition to his new position.
“It will help me as far as time management,” Clark said. “Football takes a lot of time in the fall, but being the athletic director is a 12-month job.”
Adam is replacing Rich Corvin, who served as GAHS athletic director for one year before resigning from the role at the June 15 board of education meeting.
“Rich has it going in the right direction,” Clark said. “He implemented some things that are very positive and are the way that the district needs to head. I think we need to continue in that direction and continue to encourage our student athletes.”
Clark also hopes to bring stability to the GAHS athletic department, which has seen has had three different directors since the start of the 2014 school year.
“I hope to stay here, this is where I want to be,” Clark said. “Hopefully, I can change the tide and stay here for more than a year or two.”
Adam was approved by the Gallipolis City Schools Board of Education during their June 15 meeting and officially began as athletic director on July 1.
Alex Hawley can be reached at (740)446-2342, ext. 2100.