"What is so impressive about Todd's work here at Gibbons is his vision and management of the tremendous participation growth and innovative programs supporting the development of our coaches and athletes and, even more so, his commitment to integrating the mission of our school into every facet of Gibbons Athletics.” Jason Curtis, principal
Gibbons Athletic Director Todd Schuler has been named 2016-2017 Athletic Director of the Year by the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association.
According to the organization, the award recognizes an athletic director "for excellence and significant contributions in the field of athletics across the state." Schuler received the award at the organization's annual conference awards banquet on April 4. He was selected for the award from a group of eight finalists.
Of Schuler receiving the award Principal Jason Curtis said: "I'm so happy that Todd is being recognized for his leadership of one of the largest and most successful athletic programs in North Carolina. What is so impressive about his work here at Gibbons is his vision and management of the tremendous participation growth and innovative programs supporting the development of our coaches and athletes and, even more so, his commitment to integrating the mission of our school into every facet of Gibbons Athletics."
Schuler has been quoted often saying that Gibbons athletics "is committed to providing an environment in which every student, coach, and parent has the opportunity to take part and become engaged in athletics."
Schuler, who became athletic director at Gibbons in 2012, oversees a program that supports over 900 students in 50 teams in 24 sports, and a staff who guide students daily to live out the school's mission on and off the field. Additionally, the program continues to grow by, among other initiatives, ensuring team opportunities for all incoming students, increasing athletic offerings, and fostering new participation opportunities.
This year, for instance, Schuler initiated Gibbons Sports Captains Council, a weekly forum that enables team captains to exchange ideas and plan team service opportunities throughout the school, like setting up athletic facilities for use by other groups. This past fall, he also introduced the "parent experience," in which parents are supported in their role as examples of sportsmanship for students. In May, he will lead the second annual All-Crusader Award program, which is intended to encourage students to recognize peers who live out the school's mission of forming men and women of faith, service, and leadership in church and community.
Curtis said the Gibbons school community joins with the state's athletic directors in congratulating Schuler on receiving this well-deserved honor.