“Derek is a fantastic addition to our administrative staff. His vision for HCHS Athletics is both rejuvenating and inspiring. Derek’s passion for our county is what set him apart,” said HCHS Principal Shannon Sageser. “The desire to grow opportunities for students from the youth program level to high school is an exciting task that Derek is eager to undertake. I feel our athletic program is in good hands and will be for some time to come.”
Tingle said his focus as the athletic director will first be on personnel, specifically coaching staffs.
“People are our greatest asset and we need to be sure we are retaining those coaches that are doing a good job,” Tingle said. “Secondly I want to be sure that our facilities remain the best around and enhance our fan experience at all of our events. Lastly, and certainly just as important as the first, is making sure all of our student athletes are afforded every opportunity and resource they need to compete at the highest level.”
Tingle hopes his hometown community will continue to support all school sports and student athletes, and that Henry Countians know that the district’s athletes and coaches strive to make its community proud of them.
“There is so much work that our staff and student athletes put in behind closed doors, before school in the weight room, after school on the practice field or in the gym, weekends and late nights. I hope our community can rally behind all of the effort to show our kids and coaches that all their hard work was worth it,” Tingle said. “There is nothing I want more than to see our athletics program be top-notch. I invite everyone in the community to accept the challenge, along with me, to make our athletics program the best in the state.”