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Morgan Griffith of West Frankfort is congratulated by West Frankfort Athletic Director Richard Glodich after scoring her 1,000th point in 2015 against Herrin during the West Frankfort Mid-Winter Classic.

Richard Glodich, longtime athletic director at West Frankfort, is retiring at the end of the school year.

Glodich has been in charge of West Frankfort athletics since 1995. He teaches driver’s education and physical education as well.

“The kids are still very good kids, and we’ve been fortunate to have some very fine young men and women come through here,” Glodich said. “I still enjoy being around the kids and the coaches.”

Although there are challenges and many responsibilities that go along with the job, Glodich has greatly enjoyed his time in the position.

“There are just time constraints, and you have to be able to manage your time,” Glodich said. “You have to have good people around you. I’ve got a great secretary, Gaylea Maddox, and she’s been here since I’ve been here. My wife has been tremendously supportive of me as have my two daughters. You have to have a good family and good people around you to help you.”

Glodich has coached boys and girls basketball along with track and football at the high school level. He has also coached junior high basketball and track.

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It’s not always easy being the athletic director, especially while on the court or field coaching at the same time.

“You just have to have good communication with the administration,” Glodich said. “I had a good support team around me.”

The Illinois Athletic Director’s Association recently named Glodich Region 7 Athletic Director of the Year.

“It was very nice, and it is voted on by your peers, which makes it extra special,” Glodich said. “It’s something that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”

Glodich, a 1978 graduate at West Frankfort, has been one of the most well-respected athletic directors in Southern Illinois for a long time.

“Watching the kids mature has been very rewarding,” Glodich said. “Watching them come up through the grade school through junior high and high school, that’s been rewarding. Seeing them become good young men and women has been the most enjoyable part. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with other schools and our own coaches and coaches from other towns. That has been tremendous as well. I’m made some lifelong friends.”

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