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Purple Pride: SSHS athletic director honored by peers
by Damian Tromerhauser
Mar 02, 2012 | 1190 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs H.S. athletic director Art Anderson was recently named the top AD in the state.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs H.S. athletic director Art Anderson was recently named the top AD in the state.
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Whether it is dealing with players and coaches on the field or court, or managing the behind-the-scenes aspects of prep sports such as scheduling and meetings, the job of an athletic director encompasses plenty of responsibility. That is why there was no one better suited to be named Athletic Director of the Year for the high school athletics in the state of Nevada than Spanish Springs’ AD Art Anderson.

After the Nevada Athletic Directors Association (NADA) received nominations for and selected AD’s of the year for each class in the state, Anderson was chosen as the overall AD of the Year.

“I think the biggest attribute that you can probably have as an athletic administrator is you have to have a real strong work ethic,” NADA Executive Director Larry Goins said. “That’s one of the things that Art has shown us. Spanish Springs hosts a number of postseason events for the NIAA and with Art’s communications and work, he just takes care of business.”

Anderson said he is still soaking in the recognition and mark of distinction.

“Winning it was a surprise,” he said. “It was an honor to be nominated but winning the award came as a surprise. It’s nice to be recognized for the work that you do. It was a total surprise though to receive the honor. I don’t know the best way to phrase it. I know the work that I put into the job, but it’s just nice to be recognized.”

There are plenty of people that know and recognize the work and effort that Anderson puts into his job, none more so than Spanish Springs’ Athletic Administrator Jennifer Ritch, who nominated Anderson for the award.

“I had to nominate him because his overall work ethic, professionalism and just his calling for athletics is just amazing,” Ritch said. “He takes the job so seriously and he’s so organized. We never have a problem. There’s never a hitch in anything he does. I just can’t imagine another athletic director in the state of Nevada who does what he does at the level that he accomplishes what he does. He’s amazing as an athletic director.”

Others around the area have taken notice of Anderson’s dedication to his work as well.

  “They’re our chief rival, but Art is always easy to deal with,” Reed AD Ron Coombs said. “He’ll give you an honest opinion on things. He’s someone that you can go to if you don’t have an answer to a question and he’s also a sounding board as well. We’ve worked together on a lot of things this year. We’ve added the Mayor’s Cup to the rivalry. We’ve brought the Mayor’s trophy back to football and anytime we want to do something involving the two schools, Art is for it. I think the most important thing about Art is how thorough and how organized he is in what he does in his job. On top of that all, he’s just a great guy.”

It is Anderson’s organization and thoroughness that so many people have taken notice of.

  “Art has been the athletic director here at Spanish Springs for six years and he works just night and day to make sure everything is the way it should be,” Ritch said. “He spends countless hours working with parents, coaches and the kids to meet all of their needs. He’s amazing.

“He’s just always so professional and he goes out of his way to ensure that every ‘i’ is dotted. He’s just so organized and he has checked lists of everything that needs to be done and needs to be handled. He’s always available for students and parents. With the student-athletes, he is always monitoring their grades. He’s always in contact with their parents just to ensure the students are having a positive experience. He’s just always concerned with the students being successful and if they’re not, he gets them assistance working with their counselors. He just does a great job of fostering positive public relations for our program.”

Cougar coaches echoed the sentiments of Ritch.

  “The two things that separate Art are how much he cares about our school and his organizational skills,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “I coached football with him years ago and I’ve known him for a long time, and he just loves Spanish Springs High School. He relates well with all of the athletes. He cares about them. He’s coached football and he’s coached wrestling and he’s been a teacher so he knows how to deal with the kids and knows what’s best for kids and what to expect out of them.

“He’s super organized. It’s just nice to have an AD where you know the buses are going to be taken care of and you know the dates that you need to be at meetings. He gets that stuff taken care of way in advance. That really helps me and the coaches a lot and getting things done as a head coach because we have a lot of things to do during the season. It’s really helpful to have an AD that’s on top of stuff.”

As for Anderson’s favorite part of being named Nevada’s AD of the Year, he said it’s been the feedback he has received.

  “That’s been probably the best part of winning the award, is listening to the people, whether it’s the student-athletes, the coaches, the boosters, or the colleagues that I work with here at school,” he said. “When they say ‘Congratulations, you deserve that award.’ That’s what I think is the biggest honor out of winning the award, when the people you work with tell you that you deserve it.”

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