Western Boone has a new athletic director.
Jason Mulligan started his duties this week, replacing Jeff Irwin, who went to Lawrence Central in July.
“I am excited,” Mulligan said. “It is a great time to hop on board at WeBo. I can’t wait to get started.”
This is the first time Mulligan was an athletic director in a high school. After graduating from Olivet Nazarene in 2000 he became an assistant basketball coach and assistant director of athletics at Wabash College from 2001-07.
He then spent the past five years as the head basketball coach at New England University. He said the time was right to get into athletic administration.
“I’ve always had a desire to go into athletics administration,” Mulligan said. “WeBo offered me that opportunity. I plan on building on their recent success and believe we can take the program to new heights.”
He said that his time at Wabash helped him know what the Sagamore Conference was like.
“I was able to follow the Sagamore Athletic Conference during my time at Wabash and appreciate the level of competitiveness of the athletics teams,” Mulligan said. “All of the SAC schools offer outstanding academics and promote what it means to be a student-athlete.”
Mulligan grew up in northwest Indiana and after spending the past five years in New England decided the time was right to come back to the Midwest and thought that the Boone County School was a perfect fit.
“My wife and I are originally from northwest Indiana and her family is now in Brownsburg,” Mulligan said. “We wanted to come back to the Indianapolis area to be closer to them. We had a great experience in Maine, but it was not Indiana. We missed that ‘Hoosier Hospitality.’”
He added that there were many positives that made Western Boone an attractive job opportunity.
“The administration and coaches were a huge selling point,” he said. “They sold me on the vision of where they thought Western Boone athletics could go. After seeing (more than) 90 athletes show up at 6:15 a.m. for summer conditioning and working their tails off... I was ‘in.’ The enthusiasm and passion was contagious. I think I caught the bug.”
For more of this story, read Saturday’s Lebanon Reporter.