VANDALIA — The life of an athletic director is one of long hours and late nights. With nine varsity sports, the fall season is easily the busiest of the year.
Butler’s first year athletic director Jordan Shumaker is thriving in the role, however. He and Principal Thomas Luebbe are widely credited with creating a renewed sense of school spirit in the student body.
“That’s something that I think trickles down hill,” said Shumaker. “Tom has been excellent, and that’s something I talked to our coaches about this fall, but most of the credit goes to our coaches and their buying into it. Kids are going to do what coaches. When you have good coaches that expect that it is good for our kids and becomes contagious.”
Being an athletic director wasn’t always something he considered in his career path.
Shumaker came to Butler with an extensive list of coaching and educational experience. Prior to serving as Graham’s AD, he coached at both the high school and the college level. He was the Head Baseball Coach at Northwestern High School in Springfield, taking his team to the District Finals in 2012, the second best finish in school history. He was the Assistant Baseball Coach at Wittenberg University in the 2013-2014 season. He has also coached golf at Northwestern and basketball and baseball at Cedarville University, his alma mater.
He served as Graham’s AD in the immediate two years before coming to Butler.
“I never really thought I’d be and AD,” Shumaker said. “I thought I wanted to coach college baseball. Then the opportunity at Graham came up and I applied, got the job, and really enjoyed it. I’m very happy.”
Shumaker is the dad of a four year old daughter and a two year old son. He and wife Caitlin moved to Butler Township this summer. His family can often be seen at Butler games and Shumaker says making time for family is important.
“It’s really nice living so close because I can go home for lunch, especially on days where I’ll be here late,” said Shumaker. “My wife enjoys coming to games and watching. She played college volleyball at Wittenberg and went to three final four’s so she knows what kind of commitment and hard work is needed to excel.”
When watching Shumaker interact with coaches and players its evident he enjoys his job.
“I love kids and I love athletics,” he said. “This has been a great fit for me and I really love it here. I feel blessed. My family and I moved to the community and live in the district and people have been so good to us and really embraced us. It’s fun, and I love what I do.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.