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Since joining Lafayette High School’s athletic department as an assistant football coach in 1997, Andy Linn dreamed of one day becoming the school’s athletic director.
Linn, who has served as Lafayette’s Head Football Coach for the past five years, saw his dream become a reality Tuesday as the Williamsburg-James City County School Board officially tapped him as the replacement for current Lafayette Athletic Director Dan Barner, who is retiring July 1 after 19 years in the role.
“It feels good,” Linn said about being named athletic director at Lafayette. “I don’t know if I’ll have a lot of time to settle down and let it sink in for a while.”
Linn’s calendar looks to remain busy for the next year, as he will remain the head coach of Lafayette’s football team for the 2016 season before hiring a new head coach heading into the 2017 season.
Juggling responsibilities as an athletic director and coach won’t be new to Linn, who was the athletic director for Berkeley Middle School from 1990 to 1996. During that time, he also helped coach multiple sports while still fulfilling his duties as athletic director.
Linn knows there’s going to be plenty of work on his plate, but said he feels confident in his ability to manage the workload.
“I’ve done it before,” he said. “I am so blessed with my football staff … our football team kind of runs itself right now. They’ll be able to pick up that slack for me pretty handily.”
When asked about following in the footsteps of Barner, whom Linn considers a mentor, Linn stressed the importance of carving his own path while still holding dear some of the many lessons he learned from Barner.
Linn said the first couple of years in his tenure as athletic director will mostly consist of “maintenance” and maintaining the overall quality of the athletic department.
“I think our athletic department is in a great place,” he said. “We’ve got a great foundation at Lafayette, so that makes the transition easier.”
After a couple years of acclimating to the role, Linn said he hopes to start shining the spotlight on Lafayette’s athletic department and share its success with the community outside of just the high school. This includes working with coaches, booster clubs and the media to promote Lafayette’s athletic success.
“I want the whole community to know how successful Lafayette has been,” he said.