McCallie's Bubba Simmons Steps Down as A.D.

Jeff Romero is Interim Dean of Athetics

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Bubba Simmons
Bubba Simmons

C.R. “Bubba” Simmons has announced plans to step down from his position as Athletic Director at McCallie School and accept the position of principal at Gordon Lee High School.

Mr. Simmons took the helm of the school’s athletic department in 2008. Over the course of his career, which includes two previous stints, Mr. Simmons has served McCallie for almost 20 years.

“Bubba has been a great asset for McCallie over these past six years, and it has been a true privilege to work with him,” said Associate Headmaster and Upper School Head Kenny Sholl. “He has shown an unwavering commitment to McCallie’s ideals as they pertain to our athletics program.

“McCallie’s athletic department is similar to that of a small college. We offer 15 different sports and some 46 different teams that range from varsity down to middle school levels, and overseeing it can be a taxing and complex responsibility.”

Headmaster Lee Burns ('87) said, “In the upcoming months, we will take a close look at how we will structure, long-term, our athletic department to best serve our boys in ways consistent with our mission and values.

“The athletics program is an essential part of McCallie’s educational philosophy, but it is a landscape that has changed quite dramatically in the last couple of decades. The boys, their health and well-being, and their opportunities to learn and compete remain our priorities with the program."

The school has appointed Jeff Romero to serve as Dean of Athletics this upcoming school year. Prior to coming to serve in the McCallie Communication Department in 2008, Mr. Romero had worked since 1990 in the athletic offices at the University of Tennessee, the University of Mississippi and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a focus in sports information and communication.

"We are fortunate to have someone on staff with extensive experience in athletic administration, and I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this important role," Mr. Sholl said.

Romero said, "I am honored that McCallie has the confidence in me to fill this important role at such a great school.

"I am excited about my new position and new challenge with McCallie and look forward to helping our students have a fantastic experience through athletics this upcoming school year."

 



PREP SCHEDULE

(Please notify us of any schedule changes and times as well as game and match scores at news@chattanoogan.com) Softball: THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Brainerd at Signal Mountain Rhea Co. at Cookeville East Hamilton at Soddy Daisy Howard at Central Bradley at Cleveland Baylor at Whitwell 5:30 p.m. Silverdale at Chattanooga Christian Meigs Co. at Hixson ... (click for more)

Lookouts Make It Six Straight With Double-Header Win Over Jacksonville Wednesday

The Chattanooga Lookouts have swept their Wednesday doubleheader against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, piling on a combined 15 runs and five home runs across the two contests. Chattanooga have now won six straight games to move three games above .500. In the first game of the double header the Lookouts scored three runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to keep ... (click for more)

Federal Lawsuit Dismissed In Officer-Involved Shooting Of Javario Eagle

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice has dismissed the lawsuit filed in the officer-involved shooting death of Javario Eagle on Dec. 12, 2015. Attorney Jamie Parks Varnell of the firm of Davis and Hoss said, " Judge Mattice found the five Chattanooga Police Department officers’ use of deadly force to be reasonable in this case. "The jury trial was set for May 8 and was scheduled ... (click for more)

$10,000 Reward Offered For Unsolved Murder Of Janet Newman In 1984

An anonymous donor is contributing $10,000 to the reward fund in the unsolved case of Janet Newman.  Someone killed Ms. Newman 11 days before Christmas in 1984 as she worked alone inside Cannon Towel and Linen on Brainerd Road. When Ms. Newman’s boss returned from running errands in the middle of the afternoon of  Friday, December 14 , he found Ms. Newman’s ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Teacher's Pay Cut

The Hamilton County School Board will hold a “working session” Thursday afternoon as steps continue to formulate the FY2019 budget and it is a frightening process in a badly-broken system. Everybody knows it is equally embarrassing and after watching teachers who “have had enough” go on strikes in Oklahoma, West Virginia and Kentucky this spring, I guarantee you that Tennessee is ... (click for more)