BRIDGEPORT - Doug Tush has seen a lot of good things happen at Bridgeport High School during his tenure as athletic director.
However, after nine years on the job, the 40-year-old Wheeling native is stepping down to spend more time with his family, which includes wife Kerri, son Trevin and daughter Jensyn.
His letter of resignation was approved during last week's board of education meeting. According to Superintendent Ted Downing, the job would be posted internally for 7 days. If no one is interested, then it would be posted publically.
"I told them last year that I was ready to step aside because my son is in sixth grade and my daughter is in first," Tush explained of his decision. "He's involved in sports and all the travel teams. It's just time for me.
"It's tough being here (at Bridgeport High School) and trying to catch all of his games and do different things. It's time for me to go home after school and invest all of my time with my family."
Being an athletic director isn't as an easy task as people think.
"The amount of scheduling and getting buses for all of the away events coordinated is time consuming," he added. "There are a lot of behind-the-scenes things that are included in an athletic director's duties. There are a lot of things that people don't understand that make these athletic events go forth."
He said it takes 12-14 workers to put on a football game.
"There are ticket-sellers, ticket-takers, security, a clock operator, an announcer, etc...," he continued. "People tend to overlook all of those things."
In addition to his A.D. duties, Tush also served as offensive coordinator for six years for Rudy Vavrock's Bulldog football team that had an impressive run a few seasons back.
"That's a wave that I was a part of that I will never forget," he admitted. "We had some great athletes in a short stretch on those football teams. That was a lot of fun, but the amount of school spirit, pep rallies and such was unreal."
Tush graduated from Wheeling Park in 1991 and served as the Patriots' head baseball coach from 2000-2005. He took over at Bridgeport for Jim Dailer.
"I want to thank the administration at Bridgeport for allowing me the opportunity to be the athletic director," Tush said. "It was an enjoyable time in my life and I made many friends along the way."
He will continue to teach elementary physical education at Bridgeport.