The new athletic director at Asbury Park High School is Troy Bowers. Here is a question and answer segment with him
Why did you choose to be in the field of education?
There were several factors that influenced my decision to become an educator. However, my greatest inspiration to enter the field were the teachers and coaches, who were my mentors and positive role models. These individuals provided me with knowledge, resources and many invaluable skills. I simply aspired to give students the same as I had been afforded.
What made you want to join the Asbury Park School District?
For several years my professional goal was to become an athletic director. I also desire to work in a district that serves urban, underserved students. Joining the Asbury Park school district provides me the tremendous opportunity to experience my first AD position and continue to work with a population of students and families that I am (and have been) committed to serve. Also, having coached and played a plethora of sports on the professional and collegiate levels, I want to share my experiences in hopes of positively impacting this scholastic community.
What are your goals/vision for the school district’s athletics program?
My three immediate goals for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year include:
1. Working in collaboration with stakeholders to develop an action plan to re-build and re-structure the district’s athletics program.
2. Working in collaboration with stakeholders to create programs and activities that promote the development of scholar athletes, who by high school graduation are prepared to meet the rigors of collegiate athletics.
3. Working in collaboration with coaches to increase the number of student participants across all sports teams.
Share a little bit about your previous experience?
Prior to becoming an athletic director, I served as a middle school physical education and health teacher for eight years. During this time, I coached a number of high school and middle school sports teams, including: basketball, baseball, and golf.
What do you love most about your position?
One of the things I love about my position is collaborating with other athletic directors, coaches, community members and stakeholders in the effort to provide our athletes with exceptional experiences, resources and skills.
What would you like parents and members of the school community to know?
I am wholeheartedly an advocate for our students. I have the job that I have always aspired to have and will enjoy each day to the fullest. During my journey, I will help our student-athletes build character through athletics in an effort to be successful in their future endeavors.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest professional accomplishment is being an educator.
What inspires you?
I thrive on watching competitors play the game the right way — with respect, dignity, etiquette and tenacity.