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Sometimes the answers you get are better than the questions you ask

Hadley has right idea about sports

POSTED: June 27, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Bryan County High School principal Dr. Dawn Hadley during a sendoff for the school's softball team last fall after the Lady Redskins advanced to the state finals or the third time in four sesaons.

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Sometimes, the answers you get are better than the questions you ask. That was the case last week, when I emailed Dr. Dawn Hadley for some quotes on recent coaching changes at Bryan County High School.

She responded with her take on the coaching changes, but only after offering her thought on the role of sports in school.

"We are committed to academics first, and strong athletic programs come in right behind that," she wrote. "The two aren’t mutually exclusive; we believe you can have both."

That alone should make parents, boosters and alumni feel their school is on the right track. For years, it seemed sports was a second-class citizen in Bryan County schools. That attitude has changed in recent years, and rightfully so. Sports and schoolwork shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. What’s more, Hadley really hits the nail on the head when it comes to competing in GHSA. Only the strong survive.

"Coach Wilson has been at BCHS for two years as AD and head football coach and he has convinced people that success on the playing field starts with commitment in the weight room," Hadley wrote. "I saw the difference the weight room made in my own child; all of our athletes have to be in the weight room and conditioning for their specific sports if we are going to be competitive."

With that attitude at the top, it’s easy to see why the Redskins are on the rise.

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