Survey of Indiana high school athletic directors regarding qualifications, education, time obligation, and salary
The purpose of this study was to examine the basic educational and administrative qualifications and time obligation required to become a high school athletic director and to effectively and efficiently administer a high school athletic program in the state of Indiana. This study also discovered possible relationships between the salaries of high school athletic directors in the state of Indiana and 1) the number of years worked as an athletic director and 2) the size of the school or school system in which they work.Surveys were sent to 100 randomly selected high school athletic directors in the state of Indiana. Twenty-five schools from each of the four sports classes in the state of Indiana were randomly selected. The four sports classes were defined by the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA). An 88% overall return rate was achieved and all surveys were deemed usable.The surveys revealed that high school athletic directors require basic educational and administrative qualifications in order to become an athletic director. The typical high school athletic director in the state of Indiana possesses a master's degree and holds a teacher's license. The research provides a complete breakdown of degrees and licenses for athletic directors in each class. In addition, athletic directors must be expected to do whatever it takes in terms of time commitment in order to fulfill their job responsibilities. Rarely, if ever, will a high school athletic director only work a forty-hour week. The study also shows that athletic directors in each class level are in approximately the same salary range. However, the range of responsibilities is much different between classes. Schools in larger classes have more full time athletic directors, where as, schools in smaller classes have athletic directors who are assigned additional responsibilities such as coaching, teaching, or administrative duties.The high school athletic director in today's society must be able to exhibit a diverse range of skills and abilities in order to provide effective leadership and to efficiently operate a high school athletic program. The results of this study provide the aspiring high school athletic director with the basis for which he or she should structure a foundation for future success in high school athletic administration.