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Dec 4, 2009

Thiessen named AISD AD; who will be the next AHS coach?

Brad Thiessen has been named the Amarillo Independent School District athletic director starting in January, AISD Superintendent Rod Schroder announced Friday afternoon.

Thiessen has been the Amarillo High head football coach/athletic coordinator coach beginning with the 2006 season. The Follett native has been an athletic director at stops in Roby, Stratford and Levelland.

“Brad really stood out as the right person to lead AISD’s athletic programs,” Schroder said. “His successful AD experience along with his vision of leadership for the future will serve our student-athletes and coaches well.”

The AISD stated in a release: “The selection committee started with the goal of finding the best qualified applicant, placing a high priority on finding an Athletic Director who understands the needs of every sports program at every school.”

Tascosa Cluster Director Stan Chatman was quoted in the release saying: “The Athletic Director represents all our sports programs from track at Travis Middle School to tennis at Tascosa. Brad really shares our desire to focus on promoting and elevating all these programs.”

Thiessen graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelors degree in education. Thiessen began his head coaching career in 1989 in Roby. He led the Stratford Elks to the Class 1A state championship in 2000.

The AISD athletic director position opened when current AD Tex Nolan decided to retire last May. Nolan was asked to continue his duties in August until his replacement was found.

One of Thiessen’s first duties will be finding a replacement for his vacated job as AHS head football coach and athletic coordinator.

In other words, any coach out there who ran up the score on one of Thiessen's team need not apply.

So let the rumor mill begin on the man taking over as the next Amarillo High footbal coach.

Let me toss out two names for sure on the radar have to be Bushland coach David Flowers and Muleshoe coach David Wood.

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