Weatherford athletic director says department headed in the right, winning direction

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Innovations for the WISD Athletic Dept. • Centralized the Athletic Department Office; • Assisted with the launch of the Weatherford ISO Brand Logo; • Changed the Kangaroo logo throughout the district; • Implemented a standardized operating procedure for all athletic booster clubs; • Evaluated the success and number of participants in the gymnastics program and replacing it with a girls wrestling program. This increased our number of participants from 7 to 16; • Informational meetings for all incoming 7th graders; • Preseason orientation meetings for all 7th/8th athletes and parents; • Increased expectations for all Weatherford Athletic Programs; • Promotion of the Weatherford Athletic Program in the community; • Promotion of the Weatherford Athletic Program on all elementary campuses. Created the desire to be a ROO; • Streamlined the Athletic Department budget to reduce the number of transfers that have occurred in the past.

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Last time Richard Scoggin, Weatherford ISD Executive Director of Athletics, did his athletic work systems review for the WISD Board of Trustees he had only been on the job a short time. It was a different story July 18.

With more than a year under his belt now, Scoggin said 1,620 middle and high school athletes participated in football, tennis, golf, volleyball, wrestling, powerlifting, cross country, track and field, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball during the 2012-13 school year.

“Each year, our numbers continue to progress in academic recognitions, regional and state qualifiers,” Scoggin said. “Also, our athletes continue to give back to the community by participating in community service projects such as the Adopt-A-Highway Program, Stuff the Bus, Weatherford Special Olympics, Center of Hope Food Bank and Challenger League.”

Scoggin also said the overall passing rate for WISD athletes during the 2012-13 school year was 92.6 percent and that the department was proud to say that several athletes from rodeo to football had been offered scholarships at varying schools throughout the country.

That being said, Scoggin stressed that even though girls basketball, softball and baseball made it to the playoffs this past season, “first round getting beat is not where we want to be.”

“We’ve got to improve on that,” he said, referring to the number of teams making the playoffs.

Several other initiatives like coach meetings to align middle school programs with the high school and the recruitment of highly qualified coaches were progressing well but the “adopt an athlete poster program” didn’t take off as Scoggin had hoped. He added, however, that these things “take time” and that they will continue to implement ways to get the community involved in promoting Weatherford athletes.

“We have a long way to go,” he said. “These kids deserve to win.”

Melissa Winn, 817-594-9902, Ext. 104 Twitter: @scoopmdw3701

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