Having looked over just a few sports for the previous 18 years, Hobart's Mike Black will now get to see oversee many more.
Once it was confirmed in May 2017 that Bob Glover was stepping down as Hobart's Athletic Director, it was approved by the school board that Black would step in as his replacement.
Glover retired after holding the position for 23 years, spending 40 years total with the School City of Hobart.
"It's a tremendous honor to serve this school city as the AD," Black said. "Our coaching staff is terrific and I am very much looking forward to continuing to work with them to help our kids have great experiences while learning life lessons through sports and developing into driven and compassionate adults who know what it's like to be a part of a team, how to set goals and work hard pursuing them and how important it is to give back to their communities.
"Hobart is a great community, one with a tradition-rich history for high school sports. The task of helping preserve and embrace that history, while also helping foster growth and new beginnings in today's sports world is exciting. I feel very blessed to have such a great opportunity to serve a new role at a place I love."
Black's 17 years as head coach of Hobart's boys basketball and girls track programs are both the longest tenures in the respective sports in school history. He was the assistant cross country coach for the last nine.
Before taking over both of those programs, he served as the junior varsity boys basketball coach and even prior to that was a boys basketball assistant for his dad Jim at Lake Central, an assistant at Kankakee Valley for Jack Gabor and also helped out the girls track team at Clark while he was a student teacher.
"What can I say? I love the kids, I love sports and I have an amazing wife and family who have always supported me," Black said. "It was a great ride coaching, but I really loved getting to see all of our other sports compete this past year and I'm looking forward to being more involved in all of our sports in my new role."
Black earned his Master's Degree in Administration from Purdue in 2012. He spent the last year teaching five classes while assisting Glover.
"Bob showed me a lot over the last 19 years — the 18 that I got to coach for him and this past year that I was able to work alongside him," Black said. "He was terrific to work with as a mentor and I can still call him about once per day if/when I have any questions.
"... Bob was outstanding at logistics, whether it was eligibility, scheduling, contracts, scholarship or staff, he was fantastic about it. He spent time making sure everything was taken care of for each sport and each individual event. His attention to detail and his ability to take care of the people he worked with are probably the two things I will continue to try and implement as best as I can."
As he heads into retirement, Glover is at ease knowing the right guy is in charge of Hobart athletics.
"Mike has a good background coaching three sports for numerous years, boys as well as girls," Glover said. "He's from an athletic family with his dad, Jim, and his brother, Tom. He's been around sports all of his life.
"The transition should be smoother than when I took over when Jerry Hicks was the AD and we had like a three-hour meeting before he flips me a set of keys and tells me 'good luck.' Mike would have done a good job this year, even without my help."