Osborne High School’s Athletic Director is Ronald Boggs. He has been in teaching for 20 years and has been an Athletic Director for 4 years. This is his first year as the AD at Osborne. We asked him a few questions to get to know him better. This is what he had to say.
“My main focus,” he said, “is to see our athletes be more successful in life because they have participated in our athletic program. I want to always add value to our students and our school and athletics helps to accomplish this by developing mental toughness and a work ethic that lasts.”
Asked about the individuals that have helped to shape and influence him as a leader, Ron mentioned a few. “My father and my junior college baseball coach, Mark Lee, immediately come to mind,” he said. “Two current sources of motivation for me are Life.Church pastor Craig Groeschel and legendary basketball coach John Wooden.”
Ron’s most important decisions in life—the ones that he thinks have shaped his life and career the most—are these: Accepting Jesus as his Savior; going to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to play junior college baseball; deciding to major in education; getting married and starting a family.
His most memorable career event was when the baseball team he coached played in the second round of the playoffs a week after their town was destroyed by tornadoes. “Those kids played with toughness and focus,” he said. “And that win meant so much to me.”
At Osborne, Ron is most proud of how the athletes and coaches push through to constantly improve during adverse situations. “For example,” he said, “our school community is risking their health every week to come together to feed students in our community. This shows me that the lessons of sport are being learned and applied. The process of constant improvement being taught by the coaches is helping to produce grit and humility in our students.”
Favorite food? Steak
Favorite vacation or travel spot? Mountains
Hidden talent? I can throw batting practice all day everyday
Morning person or night owl? Morning!
First job? Stocking shelves at a grocery store.
What other profession would you like to attempt? Lead a home for children that are separated from their families.