Black handing over Roaring Fork High School athletic director responsibilities
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Larry Black and Roaring Fork High School are inseparable.
Black grew up in Carbondale and graduated from the school in 1976. After getting his bachelor’s degree from Western State College, he returned to the school in 1981 in a different capacity ” as a wood shop teacher.
And he’s never strayed from Roaring Fork High School since his career in education began.
Black has coached boys basketball, football and track and field there.
Four years ago, he became the school’s athletic director, a tenure that’s coming to an end as Black prepares to hand those reins over to the school’s new head football coach, Greg Holley.
For Black, it’s not as much about a split with athletics as it’s a chance to just be a parent. His multi-sport athlete son, Michael, is entering his senior year at Roaring Fork.
“I just want to enjoy it for once,” the elder Black said. “I’ve loved being the AD. I still really like it. If the athletic director job were a full-time position and teaching shop were a full-time position, it’d be hard to pick because I love both.”
Despite vacating the part-time AD post, Black isn’t going anywhere. He’ll still teach shop and attend more than a fair share of sporting events.
“I went to all that stuff before I ever did this (AD) job,” he joked. “I’m going to miss it an awful lot.”
In his final days as AD, Black wants to make Holley’s transition as seamless as humanly possible.
“My goal is to have everything in place,” he said. “I’m hoping to make it as easy as I can. Short (Larry Williams, the AD before Black) did that for me.”
Black began contemplating stepping away from the position back in the winter, around the time Roaring Fork began its search for a new football coach.
“It’s just been more and more demanding,” he said. “It’s a big job. It’s as big of a job as you want to let it be. It’s a full-time job even if you aren’t trying to do a good job. You could stay busy 24 hours a day. I probably didn’t do nearly as much as a lot of folks.”
Though demanding, Black also considered the position incredibly rewarding.
“Every time a ballgame or event goes off smoothly and people enjoy, the kids like it, it’s great,” he said. “It’s kind of like building a house. You get to look back when the day’s done and see what you did. Athletics is like that. You see the progress all the time.
“It’s great to see kids excel at athletics, something they love to do.”
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