Ask the AD - Joe Sargent, Milford Mill Academy

This summer, CSZ will be doing a segment on the WICKipedia entitled "Ask the AD". In this feature, we'll be conducting Q&A's with various athletic directors around Maryland to learn more about how different high schools run their athletic programs, and what to expect from them in the future.

Today we're featuring Joe Sargent from Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County! Joe spoke with us about a variety of topics, including what he enjoys about being the President of the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association (MSADA)!

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County Sports Zone:How did you become the athletic director at Milford Mill? How did your appointment come about?

Joe Sargent:I was a coach for 18 years, coaching three teams a year at Milford Mill. I was asked three times if I would like to become an athletic director before I took the job here at Milford Mill. I have been on various committees at both the county and state levels. This helped with the job.

CSZ:How has the job changed since you became an athletic director?

JS:The job has changed a lot since I started 12 years ago. More technology, more issues, more rules and regulations are just a small part of the changes since 2005.

CSZ:What do you enjoy most about your job?

JS:My favorite part of my job is to stand in front of my parents, coaches and athletes at college signing ceremonies knowing that their hard work has brought them to this point. We've had 61 seniors sign and go on to the next level in the past three years!

CSZ:What're a couple keys to running a successful athletics program?

JS:Number one is communication. Be open with parents, athletes, coaches and the school staff. Let all stakeholders know your department's goals and expectations. Number two is to hire people to coach that share your philosophy. Let them coach, stand back and let them do their job.

CSZ:How would you rate this past year for Milford Mill Athletics? Were there any highlights?

JS:We had a fine year at the Mill. The biggest highlight was our academic success. 61 seniors in the past three years earned a full or partial scholarship to play at the next level.

CSZ:In addition to being the AD at Milford Mill, you're also the President of the MSADA. What sort of responsibilities come with that position?

JS:Becoming President of the Maryland State Athletic Directors Association was not my goal when I started, but I was able to grow and increase my professional experiences doing this job. The job includes representing Maryland at the national level, being able to brag about our wonderful state. I am also the Chairman of the MPSSAA Indoor Track & Field committee.

CSZ:Is there anything new or exciting on the horizon for Milford Mill Athletics?

JS:New things are on the horizon at Milford Mill. This Fall we open a new turf field at our stadium. We are working on lights and a concession stand/rest room project for the near future. Things are looking bright here at Milford Mill Academy.
August 23rd, 2016By: Wick Eisenberg

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