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.
Rodkey is a 1988 Rossville High School and 2003 Purdue University graduate that started coaching at the age of 20. He has coached basketball, baseball and golf and served as the Assistant Principal at Plainfield High School for the past five years.
Rodkey has three children — Victoria, Marcus and Vivian — all of which attend the Avon school district where his wife, Kellie, works as an assistant principal at Avon High School.
“The good thing at Plainfield is I can still be an administrator, still be an assistant principal and do the athletic director’s role, too,” Rodkey said. “That’s the best of both worlds for me because I didn’t want to give up being an administrator.
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’s not going to go away. We joke… he’s going to be in the front row with popcorn and just laughing. His entire life, he’s been involved with athletics of some type. He loves kids and got into teaching and coaching because of the kids. To see him step down on his terms and watch the games, or text and call me about things he sees, that’s great to have a relationship like that. Being an athletic director with my background, for me it’s a dream job and not a job where I will be looking to move somewhere else. There are great facilities, great coaches and great kids. It really came sooner than I thought because I didn’t think Dana was going to retire this year.