In the years I spent coaching at the high school level, I enjoyed the benefit of working with athletic directors that were willing to listen to updates on the team while offering advice for the latest challenge.
Both athletic directors I worked with had served as coaches for many years. During a season, small issues come up and it was always good to know I could go to them for a bit of advice or encouraging word. They also were quick to compliment team successes.
Without the daily grind to deal with and, as is typical, with years of experience, these two athletic directors often were able to put some perspective on problems that came up during a season.
They also did the organizational parts of their jobs well. I donít remember ever waiting on buses or game officials. Schedules did not conflict with other teams. When these things are taken care of, coaches can focus on working with their teams.
Athletic directors typically rely on a variety of skills to excel in their work.