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From Student-Athlete to Athletic Director

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Did you know that Creekside HS has seven alumni student-athletes who are now athletic directors? In addition to The Tribe’s current AD, Mekia Troy; Jason Harris of Rome HS, Carl Green of Westlake HS, and Shane Ratliff of Starr’s Mill HS are also leading athletic programs within the state of Georgia. This unique fact doesn’t stop there, as Creekside also boasts three graduates who are athletic administrators at NCAA Division I institutions. Since they each work in compliance, we asked them to share some advice for our student-athletes on academic eligibility.

Reginald Thomas – Assistant AD for Compliance, Bethune-Cookman University
“Start planning as a freshman! Take the right courses and earn the best grades you can. Visit eligibilitycenter.org to see a list of Creekside’s accepted NCAA courses.”

J. Cherrelle Leslie – Director of Compliance, Alabama State University
“I give my students the same speech every year: ‘You are a student-athlete, which means you must perform in the classroom before you can even touch the field or court.’ You must excel at being a student!”

Kevin Kendrick – Assistant AD for Compliance, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
“Being a collegiate student-athlete starts the first day you walk the halls at Creekside. As NCAA rules regularly change, they are slowly eliminating prospects who are not ready for college academically when they become seniors in high school. Therefore, it’s important to take core content and foreign language classes seriously in 9th – 11th grade. Otherwise, you may already be considered a non-qualifier by the beginning of your senior year.

This is solid advice from people who have been in our student-athletes’ shoes and now daily help others reach their potential on the next level. We are grateful to have another Creekside grad on campus, guidance counselor Byron Kellam, who is ready to assist with planning for your NCAA future.

In Seminole service, we are THE TRIBE!