James Collins will be the new Amelia High School athletic director beginning with the 2007-08 school year. He replaces Ken Kesselring.
Collins, a 1994 graduate of Amelia High School, becomes the third Amelia graduate to become athletic director at his alma mater following William Tabscott, class of 1920, and Michael Rapp, class of 1974.
He is the eighth AD at the barony since the high school moved from Main Street in town to Clough Pike in 1961. The other four are Rudolph Schaudig, Tom Jones, John Lutz, Tom Carr, and Randy Corbett.
Collins has experience at the position. He has served as the AD at Amelia Middle School, were he earned accolades, and at Walnut Hills High School. His most recent position was at the Amelia Middle School.
During his high school athletic career at the barony, Collins lettered in football and basketball. On the gridiron he played at the quarterback and fullback positions. On the hardwood he was a Queen City Conference all-star.
He played college football at the College of Mount Saint Joseph where he served as the Lions' team captain during the 1997 season.
Collins went on to advance to a National Football League combine for a tryout.
With his experience as a former Baron and vivid and pleasant and proud memories of wearing the blue and white, he strongly feels a desire and necessity to pay back to Amelia High by helping its student-athletes.
"I want to give the kids the same positive experience I got playing sports at Amelia High School," he said. "I want to dedicate myself to the strengthening of our athletic program and to our student-athletes."
He realizes he has some major work ahead of him to begin formulating and carrying out his duties and responsibilities.
"I have to eliminate our debt and yet still give the kids good service.
"We have to be accountable for our schedules, buses, and uniforms. I want to bring direct accountability of things to the coaches.
"I want to get closer to my fellow alumni and the athletic boosters and keep them informed and let them know how they can help. I plan on making a few mailings to them each year.
"What is really touching is how good our athletes have been today and in our wonderful past. I want to dedicate my time to redeveloping big crowds at the athletic events and rebuilding the big support our teams have enjoyed through the years.
"I remember as a little elementary kid at Holly Hill Elementary when I'd go with my family down Amelia-Olive Branch Road on football game night and how excited I would be to see the lights and the field and all of those Amelia fans. . .
"My heart has always been and will always be blue."