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By Jimmie Earls
Sun Sports Writer
Chad Willis is stepping down from his positions as Washington County High School assistant principal and athletic director. Willis has taken the position of Director of Pupil Personnel with the Washington County School District. He will remain on the job until a replacement has been chosen.
The 2008-09 school year is Willis' fourth year as athletic director. It's a job that he has enjoyed because of his involvement with the students, but the job also encompasses a lot of time away from home, being out nearly 100 nights a year, with long hours before and after games. The job includes ordering supplies, scheduling games, and providing accommodations for officials, among other duties.
“I enjoyed it and it was a good opportunity, but it's time for me to spend some time with my family,” said Willis. His new job with the school district will allow him to be home nights with his wife and three young children, ages seven, six and four.
Willis said that he loved working with the coaches at WCHS, plus principal Leon Smith and assistant principal Paul Terrell. Terrell was athletic director at the school before Willis and helped him in his first year.
“We're going to be in a transitional period,” said Willis. “I'm still in charge of athletics until we get someone in place and I will work with them until they're ready to take the reigns.”
Willis hopes that a replacement can be found before the start of basketball season, if not sooner. Smith plans to meet with Washington County Superintendent Rob Stafford about replacing Willis.