After three years as athletic director at Jackson County High School, Adam Lindsey is making the move to Gainesville.
The Gainesville City school board unanimously approved Lindsey as the new Gainesville High athletic director and assistant principal in a called meeting Tuesday morning. Lindsey fills the spot left open after Billy Kirk resigned as athletic director to become principal of Lumpkin County High School.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to come to Gainesville,” Lindsey said after the board meeting. “Gainesville is certainly one of the programs that you look at as an athletic director and say, ‘If that job comes open, I’m going to be interested,’ because of the tradition and the support.”
“The athletic department and school system is steeped in tradition,” he added. “I’m looking forward to getting in and meeting all the coaches and the kids and meeting the community and becoming a part of it.”
Unlike Kirk, who was based in at the district office on Oak Street, Lindsey will be based at Gainesville High.
“I heard more of a need to have that position school-based,” said incoming Gainesville City Schools Superintendent Jeremy Williams. “So, in my conversation with Mr. (Gainesville Principal Tom) Smith and his staff, the need was there to have that position located at the high school to better support our athletes, to better support our coaches and our programs.”
Lindsey came to Jackson County High in 2009, first as teacher who also coached football, track and golf. He was named athletic director in May 2014. He has coached football, track, wrestling and golf in his career that included stints at four other high schools and one elementary school.
“When you look at what Adam is going to be able to bring, we’re very optimistic that he’s going to be able to build on the successes of the programs we have, but at the same time, start to get more student-athletes involved, start to develop the leadership potential of our athletes and really using our coaches to make sure the best product is out on the court, is out on the field,” Williams said.
Smith said he is pleased that Gainesville was able to get an athletic director and assistant principal in one position.
“We started out that way, but we wanted to hire the best candidate possible,” Smith said. “It just so happens that Adam is the best candidate for athletic director and he’s also certified in a leadership position, so he’ll be able to help out in multiple facets.”
Smith said Lindsey’s experience with marketing, monthly coaches’ meetings, student leadership academies, staff evaluations and self evaluations, which included a survey he gave to coaches, were among the traits that made Lindsey a good fit for Gainesville High.
“If we have a weakness right now at Gainesville High School and on our admin team, it’s that marketing piece,” Smith said. “Adam brings that perspective to us that helps us grow across the board.”
Lindsey did not work as an assistant principal in Jackson County, but said he is comfortable with the responsibilities.
“In my current job, that’s what I do, I help with discipline and I help with attendance issues,” he said. “I do those kinds of things already, so it’s not out of my realm to help out with that. I try to be flexible and help the administration however I can.”
Smith added that the new role may require some tweaking as it develops.
“This is going to be a school-based position, so it’s finding that blended athletic director and assistant principal and figuring out what that looks like,” Smith said.
Lindsey, who begins his new job July 10, said he will not be looking to make big changes out of the gate.
“I’m a firm believer that anyone coming in new to a situation has to take time to evaluate,” he said. “There are no issues that I see that this needs to be dealt with. I think it’s important to come in and build relationships with the coaches and the kids and get to know the community. Every school is different, and the perspective of an outsider is always different than the perspective of someone who’s in there living it and doing it. So my first job is to come in and get to know everybody.”