Turner to step down as Ashley’s athletic director

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The sports programs at Ashley High School will soon have a new leader as Roy Turner plans to step down from his position of athletics director on August 31.

Turner was recently selected by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) to serve as regional supervisor for basketball officials for the eastern part of the state. He’ll replace Tommy Mattocks as one of nine supervisors across North Carolina, but will stay on at Ashley to help the new athletic director transition into the position.

Ashley Athletic Director Roy Turner.
Ashley Athletic Director Roy Turner.

“My intent was to keep doing what I’ve been doing, but the new position won’t allow me continue my duties at Ashley,” said Turner. “I just hope I’ve added some value to the program at Ashley and the student athletes over the last nine years. The sad part about it is it takes a lot longer to see the kids come back, invest in their community and share their experiences.

“But I’m most proud of the fact our coaches at Ashley have bought into the culture we’ve tried to create from the classroom to achieving goals on the field.”

The school hopes to have a new director in place by next month.

Turner took over as athletic director in 2006. He also previously served as an AD at two other schools in the state and began his career in athletics teaching, coaching and officiating in the late 1970s, early 80s.

“Thirty-six years in athletics is an awful long time and I have lifetime of lessons to take to my new position,” Turner added. “Mistakes are going to happen. My goal is to not let make those same mistakes happen again. That’s the approach I’ve tried to take as the athletic director. Learn from our experiences.

“I’ll be working with 200 coaches, 50 schools, 50 athletic directors in my new position. It’ll be a different platform, but still working with people that have the intent of making a difference, getting it right, being engaged and improving your own performance.”

In 2009, he was selected to receive the Athletic Director of the Year—High School Award by The North Carolina Alliance for Athletics, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NCAAHPERD). Turner has been a member of the North Carolina Athletic Directors Association (NCADA) since 1995 and previously served as its secretary, vice president, president and as a member of its Executive Board of Directors.

He taught or assisted dozens of athletic administrator’s Leadership Training Courses for accredited professional development in North Carolina and recognized as Athletic Director of the Year by the NCADA and NCHSAA in 2009.