By Tony Farkas
TRINITY — Trinity High School Assistant Principal Shaun Stout has been named the new athletic director for the district.
Stout had been serving as interim director for the last few weeks.
At a special meeting on Wednesday, the Board of Trustees approved Stout’s hiring unanimously. Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman said a hiring committee spent numerous hours seeking a candidate that was the right fit out of more than 100 applications.
Board President Kevin Searcy thanked Stout for his work with the children of the district, and said he was looking forward to the upcoming seasons.
Stout thanks everyone for their belief in him.
“I had stepped away from coaching, but the passion and hunger has always been there, and my loyalty to Trinity has always been there,” he said. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without this town.”
Stout said that the kids deserve so much, and the he sees the hunger in them to succeed.
Stout has been in education for 20 years, and only for the last two years has not been a coach. He calls Trinity home and has been and educator in the district since 2015.
“Trinity has been part of me my whole life,” he said. “My family owned a house on the lake, and we spent time here with my grandfather.”
Stout went to high school in Trinity, playing football at the old Sanderson Field on South Robb Street. He played quarterback and defensive back under coaches Danny Mitchell and Clay Lowery.
He also met his wife here and raised his family here, and his children and a niece are alumni of Trinity High School.
“It means a lot to me, the perception of Trinity,” he said. “When I was coaching, I pounded it into the kids to be proud of Trinity.”
Stout said he will approach coaching in a manner of instilling pride in the athletes and teaching them that they can do anything they set their minds to, including academics.