Clairinda Weatherwax named next athletic director at Bradshaw Mountain
PRESCOTT VALLEY — Bradshaw Mountain has named Clairinda Weatherwax as its next athletic director, Principal Kort Miner announced Wednesday morning.
Weatherwax has ties to Arizona, receiving her bachelor’s degree in recreation management from Arizona State University in 1998. She later earned advanced degrees from Xavier University and Ohio University. She takes over her new position on Monday, July 1.
Miner said Bradshaw Mountain chose Weatherwax, who’s in her early 40s, from a pool of 12 applicants, five of whom were interviewed. The hiring committee consisted of administrators, a coach, a teacher, a community member and an administrative assistant, he added.
Weatherwax takes over for Tony Miller, who was hired in June 2017 and resigned earlier this spring after two years at Bradshaw Mountain.
Weatherwax was interviewed on campus in early March and later notified of her impending hiring.
“For any A.D., it’s always building those relationships, bringing the community and the schools together, having a shared vision of supporting not only the academics but the athletics,” Weatherwax said in phone interview from Kansas on April 10. “And so, one of my main goals is definitely building those relationships so they can hopefully have the same passion that I do for sports in general.”
A unanimous selection by the hiring committee, Weatherwax has three years’ experience as an activities director and assistant principal at Liberal High School in Liberal, Kansas, from where she will relocate to Prescott Valley in late May and early June.
“I am really excited for her to come in and meet our coaches, teachers, student-athletes, parents and community members,” Miner said via an email statement received by the Courier on Wednesday.
Weatherwax, who has a daughter, Maeleigh, said she also has family in Chandler. Her parents are snowbirds who live in Arizona two months a year.
“I’ve always had a fondness for Arizona, just because that’s where I first graduated from,” Weatherwax said. “I love the environment, I love the people – it’s another place I like to call home.”
Weatherwax was born and raised in Nebraska, where she played sports in middle school and high school. At 19, she started coaching as a volunteer at North High School in Phoenix while attending Arizona State.
“That was my first taste of coaching and I just loved it,” Weatherwax said. “I wasn’t, due to injuries, able to play at the collegiate level, so this was the next best step.”
Weatherwax coached basketball the longest, but she also dabbled in volleyball and softball. She coached for the next 19 years, until age 38, when she became an administrator.
While teaching and coaching in Wyoming, Weatherwax had an epiphany: she wanted to be an athletic director. After getting her master’s from Ohio University, she served as an administrator for two years in Kansas before being hired as the athletic director at Liberal High.
Over time, Weatherwax missed the climate in Arizona, though, and she longed to make her way back here. In the 1990s, Weatherwax’s older sister went to school at Arizona State and talked Weatherwax into transferring from Nebraska-Lincoln to ASU after her freshman year.
“I love the heat; I love being warm,” she said with a laugh.
After graduating from Arizona State, Weatherwax became a jobs specialist in Cincinnati. She was recruited into high schools to work with students who needed help with job interviews, applications and résumé skills if they didn’t plan to attend college.
“That’s where I got the love of teaching and I got into education,” Weatherwax said.
Soon, Weatherwax will be back in Arizona, embarking on yet another new challenge in education. She plans to stay here much longer this time around.
“I’m really excited that they [Humboldt Unified School District administrators] are taking a chance with me and giving me the opportunity to do what I love,” she said. “And, hopefully, through building relationships with the coaches and the students, things will just fall into place.”
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