High School Sports

July 26, 2014

Familiar face hired as new athletic director at Nashville High

The new athletic director at Nashville High School says he's "always looking for things to do better."

After being hired recently as the new athletic director at Nashville High School, the first order of business for longtime Hornets and Hornettes coach Wayne Harre is taking advantage of his resources.

That includes long talks with current and former Nashville athletic directors Darin Lee, Neil Hamon and Don Hawkins along with current Hornets basketball coach and former Carlyle AD Brad Weathers.

"It's like coaching," said the 49-year-old Harre, a 1983 Nashville High graduate who played basketball at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Kaskaskia College. "I've been coaching basketball for 26 years and I'm always looking for things to do better. We'll see how it goes. It's something I wanted to try and something I was always kind of interested in."

Hamon left Nashville to take the athletic director's job at Central High. That left an opening that became more intriguing to Harre once it became a part-time position, especially since Harre is a full-time farmer in addition to serving as head girls basketball coach and an assistant in volleyball and softball.

"With my farming situation being full-time there's no other way I could have done it," Harre said. "We're going to see if this works out. I've got a lot of support from the school if things come up with me to get things covered. I don't think that will be a problem with everybody chipping in and helping.

"It takes a group to do it and it's just like coaching, you've got to have great assistants. I think we've got that in place here, so everything should run OK."

Harre hopes everyone realizes he is basically learning the administrative duties on the fly. He also spent eight years previously as the athletic director at Nashville's Trinity-St. John Lutheran Grade School.

"Neil did a great job and he learned under Don -- and Don was second to none as far as being an athletic director in this state," Harre said. "The advantage Neil had was he got to shadow Don for a year, and I didn't have that advantage."

Harre has been one of the most familiar faces on the Nashville coaching staff for years.

He was a boys basketball assistant for four years under Hawkins and 12 years under Lee before moving over to girls basketball. He also has served as a baseball assistant coach.

Harre is entering his 15th year as the girls basketball coach with an incredible run of success that includes a record of 390 wins and 68 losses.

He guided Nashville to the 2013 Class 2A state championship and also helped the Hornettes to a pair of third-place finishes (2009 and 2010) and fourth-place finishes (2002 and 2011) while winning 14 straight regionals.

His girls basketball tenure includes eight sectionals and eight state tourney trips in 14 years.

Under Harre, no Nashville High girls basketball team has lost more than eight games and six have lost four games or fewer.

Harre also was an assistant on Nashville's two state softball championship teams (2001 and 2012) and coached Nashville to a pair of regional titles in volleyball.

In addition to his high school coaching, Harre served as a high school football official for 25 years before recently retiring.

Harre and his wife, Cheryl, have two daughters, Wendi Jo, 26, and Jordi. Jordi Harre will be a senior at Nashville this season.

There's very few areas of high school sports that Wayne Harre hasn't experienced, but running the entire athletic department himself is one of them.

"We're just going to chip in together," he said. "I've got a great secretary and the administration and office staff is good. It's exciting and just a new challenge for me."

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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