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How Athletic Directors Can Emphasize Character Education

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Steve Kryger (@coachskryger) is an Athletic Director at Menlo-Atherton High School in Atherton, CA. Kryger has been at M-A since 2008, also teaching math and coaching boys' lacrosse. Prior to M-A, he coached basketball at Hillsdale, Palo Alto, and San Mateo highs, and was named San Mateo County Girls' Basketball Coach of the Year in 2000 and again in 2008. In 2017, Kryger and Co-AD Paul Snow were named the Northern California Girls and Boys Athletic Directors of the Year by the California Coaches Association (CCA).

Kryger talks about how he makes sure players and coaches are focussed on character education. He attends practices and games for all teams when he is able to make sure the right culture is being encouraged. When he sees something that does not fit into the culture, he will pull the coach or student to the side to give them a friendly reminder about what the program stands for. He then sees how players and coaches behave during intense games to insure they continue to practice good character through all circumstances.