Dodge City High School athletic director Jay Gifford was selected as the 2014 District I athletic director of the year by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
Gifford will be honored Friday night at the KIAAA banquet in Wichita. He was humble about receiving the honor in an interview Wednesday afternoon.
“I’ve really received only one other award and that was 6A Coach of the Year in 1999 when we won the state baseball tournament,” Gifford said. “I told anybody who would listen that I was the coach of the best team in Kansas.
“I would say the same thing again; that I’m the director of the best athletic department in the state of Kansas. (Activities director) Tamie Preston and all of the coaches have helped me in my position and this is just as much theirs as it is mine.”
Gifford was a student at DCHS and was the head coach of the 1999 Class 6A state baseball championship team. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his master’s with Fort Hays State University.
Gifford has been involved with USD 443 for 19 years as science teacher, coach, dean of students, activities association/assistant athletic director before taking over as athletic director nine years ago. He is also a current board member of the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Director’s Association.