A decision on the athletic director position will be made on May 21. (photo by Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
NORMAL - The Heartland Community College board will vote at its next meeting on whether or not to dissolve the position of athletic director.
President Allen Goben said tough economic times mean the duties will shift to the school's Dean of Enrollment Services, Padriac Shinville.
"We have not made any sort of decision to eliminate athletics or any of the sports teams," Goben said. "We have simply analyzed the time on task required to do the duties and with only four teams there is not a comparable workload to justify a full-time position."
A.D. Nate Metzger is also the baseball coach for the Hawks. Goben said it's unusual for a community college to have a dedicated position for athletics and says the decision is based off of an analysis of peer institutions.
A comprehensive overview of the position is coming on May 21 at the next scheduled board meeting. According to Goben, there is a significant and disproportionate amount of investment in athletics and the college will also plan to trim back travel expenses and other areas of out-of-district recruitment but wouldn't go as far as saying the entire department was in jeopardy.
"Two-thirds of the athletes are from outside of Heartland's district and are being subsidized by the local taxpayers and by the rest of the student body for fees," he said. "Athletics are a distinct cost for the college. They aren't any sort of a revenue generator whatsoever."
The director salary of $58,079 will be absorbed. Metzger will make $12,000 as head baseball coach if he is retained following the season.
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