Bare named next athletic director at THS
Steve Bare says he has lived somewhat of a migratory life, moving from one place to the next. The 44-year-old athletic director at Thomasville Middle School will be on the move again this summer, only this time the trip will take him just a few doors down.
Thomasville High School will be the destination for the sports enthusiast and physical education teacher, who will replace current Athletic Director Woody Huneycutt when he retires at the end of the current school year.
About six years ago, Bare showed interest in taking over an A.D. job somewhere, and that eventually led to him being hired at TMS after he had taught several places in the Piedmont Triad. He has spent the last three years as athletic director for the Bullpups, but will soon be a Bulldog and inherit an athletic program that won 13 state championships during Huneycutt’s tenure.
“I started to get my feet wet a little bit at TMS, and coach Huneycutt had mentioned he was thinking about retirement,” Bare said. “He asked me if I thought it would be something I would be interested in. I talked with my wife about it and prayed about it, and I was very fortunate to get the interview and here we are.”
The Appalachian State graduate follows in the footsteps of a long line of great athletic directors at the Chair City school. To be the next in line after men like George Cushwa, Allen Brown and Huneycutt is overwhelming to Bare.
“I am sincerely humbled and I do not take lightly the fact that there have not been very many men that have sat in that chair in that office,” he said. “All of them have been very successful, so I have a great deal of work ahead of me. But it is my intention to work as hard as I can and do it the right way.”
His biggest desire as A.D. is to get all sports programs at the school to championship caliber. Though the teams in the major sports often flourish, the lesser recognized sports teams have not fared well. That is something Bare would like to change. Having built a relationship with future THS athletes at the middle school, Bare sees that as an advantage. The foundation has been laid and Bare hopes the interest to participate in sports will still be there once the students reach high school.
“We know there are some sports that are near and dear to the kids here and we are going to be good at those,” said Bare. “There are some other sports I think we can be good at, too, and as athletic director I want us to be good in all sports. My personal sincere goal is I want Thomasville High School to win the Wells Fargo Cup. I want us to be the best in the state of North Carolina across the board.”
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