By KEVIN HARRIS
Ever since he decided to pursue a career in high school education, Todd Satterly wanted to be a high school athletic director.
On June 18, the Greater Clark County Schools board of trustees granted Satterly the long-awaited opportunity to run a high school athletic department. That evening the board approved Satterly as the new athletic director at Jeffersonville High School. Satterly replaces Lisa Stemler as the Jeff High athletics’ boss.
“It’s a dream job,” Satterly said. “Everything in my upbringing revolves around sports, so I was extremely attracted to the job. This is definitely what I wanted to do.”
Satterly has been involved with sports throughout his life. Satterly, who graduated from Charlestown High School in 1990, played four seasons for the Pirates’ boys’ basketball team. Also at Charlestown, he played on the boys’ tennis and baseball teams his freshman and sophomore years and was a member of the Pirates’ boys’ golf squad for a period.
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in education in 2000 from Indiana University Southeast, Satterly started teaching chemistry and coaching at New Albany High School. He was the Bulldogs’ freshman football coach in 2000 and 2001 and an assistant coach for the New Albany boys’ basketball team under coach Jim Shannon from 2001-04.
Satterly’s next coaching job was as the Bulldogs’ girls’ basketball coach from 2004-08. During his tenure, Satterly compiled a record of 37-48 and guided New Albany to two winning seasons.
After ending his coaching career, Satterly decided it was time to begin concentrating on becoming an athletic director.
Satterly’s first move was to get advice from someone with lots of experience as an AD.
He did not have to go too far, as he talked to New Albany athletic director Don Unruh. Shortly thereafter, Satterly started to perform athletic director duties for Unruh in the Bulldogs’ athletic department.
Unruh said some of the duties Satterly did at New Albany were hire officials, organize training sessions for officials and run high school golf tournaments hosted by NAHS.
“He expressed interest in learning as much as he could,” Unruh said. “I think the best experience you can get as an athletic director is by sitting in the chair and doing the job. When I would be out of town, he’d sit in the chair and take emails and calls and hire officials.”
Satterly says he learned more than just the nuts and bolts of the athletic director’s job from Unruh.
“He taught me more than how to schedule games and schedule officials,” Satterly said. “He taught me that it’s about dealing with the community. You have to embrace other people’s ideas. As an AD, he taught me that you have to think about the strengths of all your sports.”
Unruh thinks Satterly’s out-going and hard-working personality will help him be successful as Jeff’s athletic director.
“I think he has the skill set to be a great AD,” Satterly said. “He has high energy and a great work ethic. In fact, he’s called me several times since he took the athletic director job to see if we’re a go for the fall season. He has a coaching, officiating and administrative background. I think he’ll work well with the other Hoosier Hills Conference athletic directors. Even though the schools have a rivalry, Jeff and New Albany have always had a good working relationship with each other, and with Todd I think that will continue.
“I think he’ll be an excellent AD — I don’t have any doubt about that.”
Satterly likes the facilities Jeff currently has, but he says some of them need improvements. Satterly says the first thing his department must look into is a new weight room. He also says upgrades need to be made on the bleachers and press box at Blair Field, and the floor at Johnson Arena will need to be replaced in a couple of years.
“We’ve got excellent facilities and we want to make improvements to them,” Satterly said.
Satterly has one ambitious goal for Jeff athletics, and it has nothing to do with winning HHC and sectional titles and state championships.
The goal has everything to do with each student-athlete’s future.
“My top goal is for every one of our athletes to have some form of post-secondary education after graduating from Jeff,” Satterly said. “We want to make them marketable when they leave Jeff High.”
• AGE: 41.
• HIGH SCHOOL: Charlestown (1990 graduate)
• COLLEGE DEGREES: Bachelor of Science degree in education, Indiana University Southeast (2000); master’s degree in education, IU Southeast (2006).
• SPORTS AT CHARLESTOWN: Boys’ basketball, boys’ tennis, baseball, boys’ golf.
• COACHING EXPERIENCE: New Albany freshman football coach (2000-01), New Albany assistant boys’ basketball coach (2001-04), New Albany girls’ basketball coach (2004-08).
• MISCELLANEOUS: Satterly taught chemistry at New Albany High School for 12 years; he received his principal’s license from IU Southeast in 2008.