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MILLERSBURG -- An opportunity to return closer to his North Canton home was the main lure for Adam Brately to pursue the athletic director's position at West Holmes.
Brately is a North Canton native who graduated from Walsh University before attaining his master's in Sport and Recreation Management. He comes to West Holmes after spending three years at Liberty Union.
"We are very lucky to get such a fine young man with three years experience," said West Holmes Superintendent Bill Sterling after Monday's monthly board meeting where Brately was introduced to the board.
Bratley officially begins Aug. 1 at an annual salary of $71,399, but he presently is working on a 10-day contract this summer to help get him ready.
"I wanted to get back closer to home and I started looking at jobs in this area," Brately said. "It's still about an hour to get home, but that was the first thing I looked at. When I started researching the school, and came in for an interview, I just started liking it more and more.
"After the interview, I felt very welcome here," he continued. "There were a lot of good people to work with and I was looking forward to becoming a part of this community."
The new AD knows there will be some long days ahead of him.
"I'm pretty comfortable with the schedule," Brately said. "Nights don't bother me. I enjoy going to the games and interacting with the kids."
Brately played soccer, basketball and baseball at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Louisville) and played soccer at Walsh.
"I like all sports," he said. "I've learned a lot about all the sports, both boys and girls, over the last three years. I enjoy all the sports."
Brately enjoyed the opportunity to shadow former AD Lee Ann Race and see how she did things.
"I think the biggest challenge will be the adjustment," he said. "The last three years I got pretty comfortable with what I was doing. I had a system in place.
"Lee Ann showed me around to look at how things are set up here," he continued. "I think there are a lot of good things in place and I'm just going to have to learn a new system and see what needs worked on and what can be improved, and build on a lot of the good things that are already in place. I'm excited to get started and hit the ground running."
Brately got a taste of some of West Holmes' outstanding athletes, as Principal Aaron Kaufman recognized the spring track stars who earned All-Ohio honors to the board.
"We had four kids qualify for the State Track and Field Tournament, and all four of them ended up on the podium. They didn't disappoint. They did very, very well," Kaufman said.
"Brayden Chaney, a junior sprinter, found his event this year," Kaufman said. "A lot of people don't like the 400 very much because it is a tough race. Brayden ran it once and posted a pretty good time. Coaches thought it would be a good event for him. He broke the school record and the Ohio Cardinal Conference record at the conference meet, and broke the school record again at the state tournament, finishing fifth as a junior. He had an awesome year.
"Taylor Yerian is a senior who runs the 300 hurdles," Kaufman continued. "She was All-Ohio as a freshman as part of a relay team. She fell down and still got up and qualified for state at regionals. It's pretty amazing she could fall and still qualify, and then finish eighth and earn All-Ohio as well."
Josh Goudy was another athlete recognized.
"Josh has been our top thrower the past four years," Kaufman said. "He set our school record last year in discus, breaking his dad's record that was here for a long time. He had a great year this year. He'd been to state before, and finished it off by finishing sixth in the state in discus."
Michele Hochstettler was unavailable to attend the meeting.
"Michelle is probably our most decorated track and cross country athletes we've had here at West Holmes," Kaufman said. "She's been All-Ohio several times in cross country and track. She finished in eighth place to earn All-Ohio as well."
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