Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Shiloh has a new athletic director in Mike Cammack, and the athletic department overhaul for both Cammack, and interim AD Mike Phillips, isn't over yet.
The high school recently hired Cammack, previously the athletic coordinator for the DeKalb County school district, as its new AD to replace Mike Phillips, who agreed to step out of retirement and serve as Shiloh's AD on an interim basis. Phillips, a longtime Grayson AD who leads Gwinnett County Public Schools' Adapted Sports program, plans to stay with Shiloh as Cammack transitions into the job.
"I don't know if (the athletic department) needs an overhaul, it just needs to be pointed in the right direction," Cammack said. "Not only has Shiloh had a lot of football coaches, the ADs have changed a lot, too. It's just a matter of getting all of us on the same page. I think our main job is getting all the coaches on board of pushing athletics through academics. It's basically starting anew."
Cammack inherits a Shiloh athletic program that will look drastically different in hopes of solidifying a department that has seen multiple AD changes and a controversy involving the Generals' head football coach in the past school year.
Shiloh will field six new varsity head coaches this season, and two head coaching positions are still listed as open --wrestling and girls soccer. Both soccer coaches are new, as is new head girls basketball coach Marsha Jones, who had success with the Shiloh Middle School team.
The most prominent new head coach is Troy Hobbs, who took over for Brian Montgomery after a very public investigation into recruiting violations involving Shiloh and Montgomery's former school, North Atlanta. The Gwinnett County Public Schools system opted not to renew Montgomery's contract, so the coach resigned to keep the non-renewed contract issue off his permanent record.
Hobbs and other new coaches were hired before Cammack was hired, but the new AD, Phillips and principal Eric Parker still need to fill the wrestling and girls soccer head jobs.
"Mike (Phillips) and I are working together on that and Dr. Parker has had a big hand in that, too," Cammack said.
Cammack comes to Shiloh with plenty of experience, all of it in nearby DeKalb. He graduated from DeKalb's Peachtree High School, now a middle school, before spending the past 29 years in the DeKalb school system.
He was an assistant football coach at Redan for nine years, a head coach at Druid Hills (from 1997 to 2006) and an assistant principal at Tucker until he was hired in DeKalb's main office. His recent duties in DeKalb included the management of five sports and the county's shared stadiums.
"I'm excited to be here in Gwinnett," said Cammack, who has lived in Norcross for the past 14 years. "It will be interesting to go from a district level to a school level. It's different from DeKalb where everything is run at the district level. I like that I can get back into a school. I miss being around the school and interacting with kids."