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Allen discusses his role as SCCC athletic director PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:05


• Leader & Times

Seward County Community College Director of Athletics Roy Allen has been with the college’s athletic department for the past 10 years and has seen much change in his time with SCCC. 

Q: Could you give some background on yourself? (i.e. how long you’ve been with SCCC, where all you’ve served, etc.)

A: This is my 10th year here at Seward County that I’ll be finishing up here in May. My first few years here I was our sports information director, which dealt more with marketing our student athletes and things like that. Then for the past five years I’ve been the assistant athletic director under Galen McSpadden, our baseball coach, and then for about nine months I was the interim athletic director and then just the past couple months I’ve been the full time athletic director. So I’ve been here a long time in a lot of different roles. 

Q: As athletic director, what all are you in charge of?

A: It’s definitely a broad title and it’s more of a management role of taking care of our seven different programs we have along with our cheer and dance programs and athletic training programs. So really, I oversee the success and operation of those different programs. I try to be as hands-off as possible because we’ve got a great team in the athletic department here – our basketball coaches know more about basketball than I know and our tennis coaches know more about tennis than I know. I let those coaches do what they need to and I don’t meddle in their operations too much but I support them in any way I need to. I’m also in charge of making sure our budget’s in good shape, doing as much fundraising as we can. Our coaches have to worry more about game-by-game results whereas I have to year-by-year or 5-year or 10-year plans.

Q: What has been your favorite thing about working with the athletic department at SCCC?

A: The people. We’ve got fantastic people in our department and on campus and in the community. Being able to work with all of them and our student athletes on a daily basis, that’s something that when I put my head on the pillow and look to the man upstairs, I thank Him for the opportunity to influence students’ lives in a positive way through sports. It’s a blessing to be able to do that each and every day and I follow the old saying if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. For 10 years here, I’ve enjoyed every single day. 

Q: When you were named the full time athletic director, what was going through your mind when that announcement came through?

A: It was a really long process. It started in the fall of 2016. When Coach McSpadden announced his resignation, the athletic director role, which he’d been in for more than 30 years, it was a big swing of emotions for all of us because I’d grown close to him and his family working with him and everything. Being able to work with him and learn from him for five years was just a blessing for me. As we went through the interview process, there was a bit of a time of uncertainty but all of our coaches did a great job of working together and staying unified. It was a great group effort from everyone to keep what we have going. Then when I was named as the interim director, I just continued working the same way I had been and just leading my colleagues and peers through those times and just supporting them any way I could. So when the official announcement came in January, I was very humbled that our board and executive team chose me to lead this amazing department. I was taking over a department that has enjoyed a bunch of success over the years and is still continuing to do.

Q: In all the time you’ve been with SCCC, what are some changes you’ve noticed?

A: Athletically, I think we’re a pretty well oiled machine so things we’ve been doing, we’re continuing to do well. All of our teams are having success. Learning from Galen and watching his management style as far as letting the coaches do what they need to do, that’s worked great and the coaches have been successful doing that. There’s a lot more going on like the new sound system and tables in the gym, the softball press box going up, a new bus, the Champion Center about to go up. Those are things I don’t see as huge changes on a daily basis but they’re things that are happening to continue helping make things better as we go forward. Institutionally, we’re doing great there too and we’re on our second president in my time here with Dr. Trzaska. He’s very supportive of all of us and wants to do whatever he can to make us a success academically and athletically. He wants to be part of everything we’re doing, which has been a great thing. 

Q: For student athletes who are either preparing to go to school or do college visits, what is some advice you’d give to them?

A: Just be open-minded, I tell our student athletes that all the time. It’s a bit interesting because at the junior college level our athletes go through the recruitment process twice, the first time when they come here and then again when they’re looking to possibly transfer. So keep your options open. We might get an athlete who’s an All-American and a potential Division 1 player but they may get their first call from an NAIA school so keeping in good graces with those smaller schools is great because you never know what might happen. So don’t burn any bridges or sell yourself too high or low because you never know what could happen. 

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add or anything else you think would be relevant to put?

A: We’ve got a fantastic community in Liberal that loves sports and every time we get on the field or the court, we work to put on the best performance we can and represent SCCC and Liberal and Kansas as best we can.




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