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."


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