MURFEESBORO — There weren’t many jobs that could take Joe Blair away from Brentwood High School.
A position at the TSSAA, however, was the one that did.
Blair, who had spent his entire professional career at Brentwood, was named the TSSAA’s newest deputy executive director after Wednesday’s Board of Control meeting.
“TSSAA was always one of those places where the more I was there and worked with the people there, if I had an opportunity I would go for it,” Blair said.
Blair, 48, will take up his new role on July 1, taking the place vacated by Mark Reeves, who was promoted to executive director following the retirement of Bernard Childress.
The 1992 Cleveland graduate attended Tennessee Tech and began teaching in Brentwood right out of college. He was hired as a full-time teacher and assistant wrestling coach in 1997 before taking over as Bruins coach after retiring from GP West in 1999.
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He was named the school’s athletic director in 2017.
“He’s knowledgeable, when you look at his job description and his experience,” Reeves said. “We’ve worked with him in a number of settings, particularly with championship events. He’s been very instrumental with us in running championship wrestling for a number of years.
“He’s been involved in many committees that have helped us rank wrestling, and he understands the big picture. He’s a family man and his values are aligned with what the organization is. We are glad to have him on board.”
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Reeves was an administrator for wrestling and football, as well as overseeing education and sports medicine, prior to his promotion. Childress was in softball.
Blair will certainly take on the role of wrestling administrator and could also take over football and softball (a sport he coached for two years at Brentwood), but his exact role is yet to be defined.
“He certainly understands the world of football, being in Williamson County and an administrator there,” Reeves said. “He also has a background in softball. As a math teacher, he’s calculated in his decision-making. We’ve worked pretty closely with Joe to know he’ll bring that to the table.
“What we do as a team is evolve towards our strengths. The job description that (my) job description was written for is not exactly what my role was in the beginning. But it looks like he’ll take on most of my responsibilities.”
While Blair is excited about his new role, he will be sad to leave Brentwood behind.
“Brentwood has, and always will have, a place in my heart,” Blair said. “That’s where I started my career. It was going to take something really special and unique for me to go there.”