District Athletic Leadership Includes Familiar Faces
“Our goal is to continue to pursue academic and athletic excellence for all of our student athletes.”
This statement summarizes the philosophy of Montgomery County Schools Assistant Superintendent, Phil Rison, who oversees athletic programs in the district as part of his assigned duties. Mr. Rison has a great deal of experience and knowledge regarding athletics having recently served as President of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), a 9,000-member professional development service organization focusing in the areas of education, leadership, and service. He has been a part of the organization for 20 years, and has spent 14 of those as a national instructor throughout the country. Mr. Rison has also played an active role in athletics in Montgomery County since he joined the district as a teacher in 1986 and also serving as a coach, athletics administrator, and a baseball official.
Joining Phil Rison in athletic leadership will be Bart Rison as the Montgomery County High School Athletic Director and Jason Woodard, who will serve as the McNabb Middle School Athletic Director. Additionally, Mike Manley and Chris Barrier will serve as Assistant Athletic Directors, and Nora Reddix will continue to provide assistance as the Athletic Secretary.
Bart Rison has worked in the field of education for more than 30 years. During that time, in addition to teaching and administrative duties, he served for more than 26 seasons as a head coach, including 11 winning seasons in softball and 18 in basketball. Softball highlights have included eight district championships and five trips to the state tournament. Coach Rison's Hall of Fame inductions have included: KHSAA Baseball Umpire of the Year, Kentucky High School Baseball Coaches Association (umpire), 10th Regional Basketball Coaches Association, Alabama Junior College Athletic Hall of Fame (as a basketball and baseball player), National High School Athletic Coaches Association, KABC Basketball Court of Honor, Kentucky Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, and Central Kentucky Umpire Association Hall of Fame. Mr. Rison has also served for 7 years as an athletic director.
Jason Woodard has been with the school system since 2011 and presently serves as the School Administrative Manager for McNabb Middle School. He has also assisted in coaching the MCHS boys’ varsity basketball team since 2012. Mr. Woodard earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Georgetown College and played on the Georgetown Tigers basketball team. Following college, he spent 10 years playing professional basketball overseas. He is pleased to assume the Athletic Director responsibilities. “I am very excited for the opportunity to work with young student athletes.”
Mike Manley has been a teacher and coach for 42 years, including five years at Montgomery County High School. Mr. Manley attended the Mt. Sterling Independent Schools, received a Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, and earned a Master’s degree from Ball State University. His teaching and coaching experience includes: Mt. Sterling Independent Schools; John F. Hodge in St. Jones, Missouri; Bullitt Central; Paul Blazer; Morehead State University; Anderson University; and Francis Howell Central in St. Charles, Missouri. He current teaches Algebra I and assists with the Montgomery County High School football team.
Chris Barrier has been an employee of the school system since 2008, serving as a School Resource Officer and member of the Montgomery County Schools Police Department. He currently serves as the Director for District Security Services. Mr. Barrier attended and played basketball at Enterprise State Junior College, and graduated from the University of Alabama, his native state, with a dual major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. He served as the girls’ varsity basketball assistant coach in Menifee County for two years before taking over the boys’ varsity basketball position in 2006. In 2007 he came to Montgomery County as the the middle school boys’ basketball team, and also assisted with the MCHS boys’ freshmen and varsity teams. In 2008 he was employed as a School Resource Officer. Mr. Barrier and his wife, Beth Vice Barrier, have two children.
Nora Reddix is a life-long resident of Montgomery County and has worked in the Montgomery County School System for 24 years. She enjoys serving young people and has a passion for athletics, with which she has assisted for many years at the Montgomery County High School. She and her husband have two children and a granddaughter, who is an 8th grader in the Accelerated Academy. Mrs. Reddix currently serves as the MCHS Attendance Clerk and Athletics Secretary.