High School Shifts Athletic Director's Position

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The duties of Payson High School's athletic director have changed hands.

In a realignment of assignments, Dave Bradley will assume the athletic directorship replacing Barry Smith, who has held the position since 1992.

PHS Principal Phil Gille said the move became necessary after Bradley, formerly a 10-month employee, was given a 12-month contract as assistant principal.

With two full-time assistants now on staff, it was necessary to redistribute the duties of both, Gille said. Following the approval of Bradley's year-round status by the governing board, he was put in charge of the school's extracurricular activities, which include athletics and other after-school programs.

Smith has been assigned other responsibilities, including the supervision of teachers and custodians, employee hiring, AIMS and Stanford testing, summer school, discipline and the Renaissance program, Gille said.

Bradley, formerly dean of students, will now be in charge of scheduling games, evaluating coaches and overseeing the athletic programs at the school.

Payson High does not name an athletic director in the truest sense of the title, Gille said. Instead, those duties are assigned to an assistant principal.

As Bradley assumes his new responsibilities, he has a lifetime of athletic experience in several sports to draw from.

A former collegiate baseball pitcher and basketball player at Grand Canyon College in Arizona, he has coached football, basketball, baseball and golf in the Payson district.

He also served several stints coaching Little League and town youth soccer teams.

A graduate of Grand Canyon College, Bradley also has a master's degree from the University of Phoenix.

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