KINGMAN - Kingman Academy of Learning School District has hired Tony Victory to replace Eric Lillis as athletics director beginning in the fall.
Victory comes to KAHS after eight years with Kingman Unified School District No. 20 and has been the educational technology coordinator for the district the past three years.
In that role, Victory said he taught staff development classes on technology and worked with the teachers on how to use technology in the classroom.
Victory had coached baseball at Kingman High for seven years, and it was the interaction with the kids and the parents that he missed. Victory said he wanted a chance to move into administration, and being named athletics director makes it that much better.
"The position at the Academy is a really great fit," Victory said. "This will give me a chance to be involved with all of the KAHS sports and not have to do so much traveling to away games."
KAHS Principal Jeff Martin already has some lofty goals for Victory when he comes on board.
"My personal vision is for us to become AIA (Arizona Interscholastic Association)," Martin said. "I hope Tony Victory will lead us in that direction and take us to the next level."
Victory does come into the job with a love of local sports and KAOL, something District Administrator Susan Chan was quick to notice.
"He loves sports and it is a huge portion of the job," Chan said. "I've seen Tony at our games this year just as a spectator."
Victory wants KAHS athletics and school activities to be all about the kids and continue to instill school pride. He said he would like for KAHS to keep moving forward with its atmosphere of kids not only taking pride in their particular team, but to also come out and cheer their friends and school.
"Mr. Lillis and Mr. Martin have done a great job of building a positive atmosphere in this school when it comes to the sports programs," Victory said. "I hope to be able to continue that tradition, as well as add some things to it."
When asked what his dreams and goals were for the program he was inheriting, Victory answered with a most intriguing idea.
"Wouldn't it be old school to form a Mohave County Championship Tournament for our sports programs? At the end of each season, we would play in a tournament to decide on a Mohave County championship and bragging rights for a year!" Victory exclaimed.
"We could get River Valley, Kingman High, Mohave High, KAHS, MALC and Lake Havasu."
With a name change, Victory also offered the inclusion of Needles, Calif., and Laughlin, Nev. He said with the good mix of different size schools and different sports, most schools would be competitive in several of the sports each season.
"Now that's a dream," said Victory.