HOISINGTON —Hoisington High School has a new athletic director — Joel Mason.
Mason has been with the Hoisington school district for the last eight years.
He has been a math teacher at Hoisington Middle School, all the while being an assistant coach for the high school baseball team for eight years, the high school girls tennis team for four years and the middle school boys basketball team for one year.
If that isn’t enough, he has also been the American Legion baseball head coach for seven years.
While this is the first official administrative job for Mason, who received his master’s degree in education administration from Fort Hays State University in June 2010, he has had some administrative duties with the American Legion team.
“This is my first administrative job,” Mason said. “I did do a lot of administrative work for the American Legion team, scheduling, finding workers for home games, things like that.
“So I do have some experience with administration.”
Mason said that he wanted to get into administration, seeing the open athletic director post as an opportunity.
“I’ve been teaching and coaching for eight years and I have always been interested in athletics,” Mason said. “My wife and I are happy in this district. We like the area, so I thought it would be a great opportunity.”
Mason said that he thinks he is stepping in to a strong athletics program.
“We have a strong football team and the basketball programs are on the rise,” Mason said. “I feel like we have a strong foundation here to build on.”
While taking the new job will add some pressure, Mason said he is ready to take on the job.
“Any time you take a promotion, pressures naturally come,” Mason said. “It is my job to see that the athletic department is run correctly and to do what’s best for the kids.
“I am real eager to get my feet wet and to find out what it’s all about. I have confidence in myself and the coaching staff here.”