Athletic Director of the Year
Armuchee's Chapman is 7-AA Athletic Director of the Year
Posted on 03/07/2017
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Telisa Chapman, graduation interventionist and athletic director at Armuchee High School has been named Athletic Director of the Year for region 7-AA by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association (GADA). The honor is voted on by other athletic directors. "This is a very significant honor as you were chosen by your peers for this recognition," wrote Jasper Jewell, a representative of the GADA Awards Committee, in the letter informing Chapman of the award.
  
Chapman credited Armuchee's coaches for securing the honor for her as the leader of the athletic program.  "Our coaches are absolutely the best people I get to work with," Chapman said. "They are on top of getting their schedules and contracts completed, making sure they are prepared for all practices and games, helping with our yearly fundraiser and being positive influences for our student-athletes."

Armuchee High successes in athletics this year include the boys cross country team winning the region title and finishing fifth in the state, the girls cross country team placing third in the region and eighth in the state meet, the softball team made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the state playoffs, girls basketball was region runner-up and played in the Sweet Sixteen in the state playoffs, the competition cheerleaders finished fourth in the state, wrestlers Wes Conley and Jacob Henderson both won individual state titles, and the wrestling team finished fourth in the state.

As athletic director, Chapman has also worked to complete a recent renovation of the school's baseball field and coordinated the hiring of the new baseball coach.  Athletic directors are responsible for holding meetings and providing coaches with updates from the Georgia High School Association, player eligibility, and making sure each athlete has an updated physical exam on file.  "I attend most athletic events at AHS," added Chapman. "Being a former coach, I realize coaches can be overwhelmed and overworked so I try my best to make their job less stressful so they can focus on the kids and their sport."
 
Chapman will be honored at the annual Georgia Athletic Directors Associations annual conference in Savannah on Monday, March 27.