Mr. Bill Gunn, has been the Assistant Principal of Athletics at Centennial High School in the Corona-Norco Unified School District since 2008. Bill began his educational career at Centennial High School in 1989 as a teacher and head softball coach.
Mr. Gunn’s success and impact on students as a teacher has evolved to greater significance in bridging the gap between athletics and academics on his campus. Student connectedness through athletic participation and athletic related student support clubs at Centennial High School has risen to an all-time high of 46% which translates to an increasingly positive impact on school climate and the overall culture of the campus. There is pride in being a Husky; students are connected to Centennial High School resulting in increased student academic success and lessening disciplinary issues. During Mr. Gunn’s tenure as Athletic Director, Centennial High School has won numerous League and CIF Championships in multiple sports including multiple opportunities for the Centennial Football and Boys’ Basketball programs representing the Southern Section in CIF State Championships contests.
Mr. Gunn is a recognized leader and mentor for the centennial coaching and athletic community as well as throughout Riverside County and the CIF Southern Section. He has gained vast recognition in the areas of student-athlete connectedness with schools, student-athlete sports safety, and coaching education. His knowledge and expertise has positioned him as a key member on numerous committees that promote athletics, athlete academic success, and athlete safety.
Mr. Gunn has spearheaded committees to promote NFHS Coaching Certification and student safety, IMPACT Concussion testing and implementation and notably, Mr. Gunn lead the committee to implement multiple AED units to be installed on all comprehensive high school campuses within Corona-Norco.
Additionally, Mr. Gunn has been awarded the ACSA Region 19 Member Administrator of the year-2014, California State Athletic Director of the year nominee-2015, League representative for the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors Association, CIF Southern Section Athletic Directors Committee, CIF Southern Section Playoff committee and CIF Southern Section Athletic Directors of the year 2018.
Mr. Gunn and his wife Chris, reside in Norco, California and have two amazing children and six incredible grandchildren.
We’re lucky that our district has gone the extra mile and spent extra money to make sure there is hand sanitizer in every office and every classroom, gloves and masks for the employees. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
How are we going to deal with some of the trepidation from our students and our staff and even some of the adults that work on this campus moving forward with the thought of this virus still being out there? What does that look like? @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
I think it’s prudent to look at those things from a social emotional viewpoint about what our students are dealing with and these families. Their whole world has been uprooted over this. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
When we do come back together again, what does that look like? How do we support and how do we help? That’s really going to be our focus. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
We’ve never put an emphasis on winning being the end result of a successful year. I think a successful year moving forward next year is getting everyone back together again. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
Without football, everyone is in trouble…financially. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
Our district is going to spare no expense on what’s best for kids. What do we need to do to support them? What do we need to do to help them and get back to do what we are asking of them in a safe and secure environment? @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
The monies that we do have are now redirected to different locations, different projects and different support systems to support our kids. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
We’re going to have to do the best we can with what we got. As Athletic Directors, we are used to that. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
I’ve already ordered more trainer’s tables. I’ve ordered more of those digital thermometers that you can point at someone’s forehead and see if they have a fever. We’ve ordered our athletic supplies for next year including extra gloves, hand sanitizer and all these that we have. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
What impacts us is what is the governor of California saying, what is the county health director saying and what is our district is saying. Somehow those three things coincide and come to a meeting point that says okay, we can move forward doing this, this and this. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
One of the things that has been the most challenging is a lack of perspective to some degree. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
We have got plans A, B, C, D, E, F, G…whatever that may look like moving forward. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
The reality for an Athletic Director is that we have 45% of our student athletes on our campus. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
Every Athletic Director I’ve ever talked to does it for the kids and the experience and so we need to kind of balance what we can do for the varsity level and lower levels. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
Two years ago it was 95.2% of high school athletes will never see the field in college. It’s those kids that are mostly affected that we care about that aren’t going to get that experience at the high school level where we could have provided for them. Moving forward we need to be sensitive to that and provide a balance in order to provide a season. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
I worry that kids are going to choose on their own a singular sport at the 9th or 10th grade level to get the most out of that sport before giving another sport another opportunity because there just isn’t enough time. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
If you’ve got four or five months to run 27 sports, something is going to give and kids are going to have to adapt and adjust and so are the coaches and so are we administratively. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
We’re going to have to figure out what’s best for our kids. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit
Fortunately, we’ve got Dana Dye, the best athletic trainer in the business and she’s a very forward thinker. Her and I have had many conversations about what we are going to have to do when we come back. @Cen10Huskies @LIOVirtualAthleticSummit