Poggi named AD of the Year
A Kings High School and Miami University graduate, Phil Poggi has certainly left his legacy on the community, as he was recently named 2014 SWOADA (Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association) Outstanding Athletic Director.
Poggi joined Kings in 2011, previously working as the Athletic Director for Aiken High school.
KHS Vice Principal Rob Corradini describes Poggi as a very active, efficient worker.
“He takes a lot of pride in the community,” Corradini said. “He gives back and you can tell he is very ambitious towards improvement of the Athletic program, as well the community as a whole.”
What does an Athletic Director do? The main job of an AD is to administer and direct the high school and junior high interscholastic athletic programs. At Kings, there are 29 varsity sports and 31 junior high teams to manage – making Mr. Poggi in charge of 60 total teams.
One such team is Men’s varsity soccer, coincidentally coached by his Poggi’s brother, Erik, who also teaches at Kings Junior High.
“Erik is always there to support the team and has helped out with monetary issues the program has had,” Phil said. “He is a very driven person who wants to succeed in everything he does.”
Poggi’s duties go beyond Kings. He is a chairman for SWOADA itself, as well as a vendor chair for OIAAA, (Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association).
Poggi was nominated Athletic Director of the Year by other Athletic Directors in the area, many of whom know Poggi through his work with the SWOADA.
“It was very humbling to receive that award,” Poggi said. “It showed outside districts how well our school is doing and what we’re about here at Kings.”