TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — After over a decade leading both the track and field and cross country teams at Eastern High School, Josh Fogle has taken over athletic director duties at EHS.
“The athletic directors that we’ve had have been great,” Fogle added. “Pam Douthitt was athletic director for 30-some years, Sam Thompson did a great job for the last two years and I have to maintain the high standard that they set. Everyone knows how great of a job they did, so I just have to maintain the high level of expectation.”
Fogle, who also serves as the EHS art teacher, has coached 10 league championship track and field teams, while coaching four cross country league championship teams. This passed fall the Lady Eagles advanced to the state cross country meet for the first time in school history.
“I love coaching, it’s one of the main reasons I teach,” Fogle said. “I’ve always done my own thing and made my own schedule, and they have kind of always let me go where I wanted. That was never a big issue and I don’t think that a lot will change from the coaching aspect.”
The timing may have not been in Josh’s original plans, but the athletic director position was something that he couldn’t pass up.
“I thought that eventually this would be something I would do after I stopped coaching,” Fogle said. “It came up that the position was open and so I thought that I might as well try it now. It’s not that I wanted something new to challenge myself, but this will be my 12th year coaching and this is something to change it up.”
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.