Broughman named new Central athletic director

Justin Broughman

WOODSTOCK — Once Justin Broughman had a little taste of what it was like to be an administrator, he knew it was something he wanted to pursue and now he gets his chance.

Broughman was approved as Central’s next athletic director by the Shenandoah County School Board on Feb. 15. Broughman is replacing current Central Athletic Director Kenny Rinker, who is retiring after this season.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity,” Broughman said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge that it presents. I had a pretty good mentor here in coach Rinker. He’s taught me a good bit and I have a lot more to learn over the next few months with him still around. And hopefully next year I hit the ground running.”

Rinker, who was the Central athletic director for the last eight years, had his retirement approved on Jan. 11. Broughman said that he was called in for an interview in late January and was told he had the job shortly after that.

Broughman has served as Central’s assistant athletic director for the fall and winter season this year.

“At first I was a little bit hesitant, because I wasn’t quite in tune with what an athletic directer did,” Broughman said of being the assistant AD this past season. “But after starting with (Rinker) in July and then on to volleyball season, football season, cross country and then into basketball, winter sports I really learned a lot. And I did not think that I would like it as much as I really have.”

Broughman is in his fourth year as assistant baseball coach at Central.

In late 2016, Central’s longtime baseball coach Donn Foltz decided to resign, and Broughman said he knew then he had a decision to make. He could either pursue the head baseball coach job, or go into administration. Administrators aren’t allowed to be coaches so he couldn’t do both. He decided to pursue administration and began taking classes at James Madison University and resigned as assistant baseball coach.

However, when the school had trouble finding a replacement for him, Broughman said he decided to stick around and stopped taking his JMU classes.

Broughman said that Central Principal Missy Hensley gave him some advice about being in administration that he’s followed.

“(Henlsey) said when you feel like you can impact kids in the classroom at one level, think about multiplying that out and that’s what it’s like to be an administrator,” Broughman said. “How you can impact and help more kids. So that’s kind of how I’ve approached this, is it would be fun to be able to help more kids and see them succeed in other things besides academics.”

Broughman said he’s very excited to work with all the coaches at Central as well.

“We have great coaches,” Broughman said. “No one goes into coaching high school sports to get rich. You go into it to be with the kids. And I think that all of our coaches do a great job at teaching life lessons, at knowing their sports and trying to pass along their knowledge to our kids. So we couldn’t be blessed with a better group of coaches.”

Broughman is a 2005 graduate of Alleghany County High School in Covington. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from JMU in history in 2009 and a master’s degree in teaching from JMU in 2010.

He taught at Bath County High School for four years, and then moved to Shenandoah County. Broughman has been a U.S. history and U.S. government teacher at Central for the last four years.

Last year Broughman was named Central High School’s Teacher of the Year. He was also a contestant on the game show ‘Jeopardy’ in October, where he finished second.

Broughman said he enjoys teaching and will miss it, but he’s looking forward to working with kids in a new way.

“I really like being around the kids in a different light,” Broughman said of being an athletic director. “I’ve taught for long enough now, I’ve taught over 1,000 students probably. And every day is interesting in its own way and spontaneous. But I like seeing them succeed in this different sort of light. It’s one thing to get an ‘A’ on a test, but it’s another thing to hit the game-winning shot to advance to the state tournament. And I think that that’s pretty cool.”