Taking over for Dana Greene as athletic director, Torrey Rodkey comes to the Quakers in his first full season as AD this year. Hendricks County Flyer Sports Editor Jake Thompson recently sat down with Rodkey for a question-and-answer session.
How do you replace a long-term Plainfield fixture like Dana Greene?
I’ve told Dana, you never want to be the guy that follows a legend. You want to be the guy that follows the guy that followed the legend. Dana is such a good friend of mine and has been like family to me in the five years I’ve been here. He’s like the mayor. Everybody knows him, not just in Plainfield but at whatever school we walk into. He loves kids and got into teaching and coaching because of the kids.
Talk about maintaining the relatively new athletic facilities at Plainfield?
People see our facilities and are in awe of them, and some think it’s a college campus. We have great facilities, and even after six years of being in the building, there is already upkeep needing to be done to keep it at a high level. With most schools, the biggest obstacle is money and being able to plan for the maintenance. We host so many events, and the wear and tear takes a toll. We have top-notch facilities and need to maintain those and look to upgrade where we see the opportunities.
Plainfield has a history of quality fundraising in the community. How do you plan to continue that?
I think it’s important that people understand that most of our sports don’t make money. Like many other schools, our football gate determines our budget for the next year. But that being said, you gain as much money as possible on other sports and have the support of things like our Red Pride Booster Club.