Joe Hernandez starts as new Athletic Director at Lafayette Jeff

Joe Hernandez takes over the position starting Monday. He replaces Doug Seagrave, who resigned in September after three months.

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 7:49 AM
Updated: Nov 7, 2019 6:35 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Lafayette Jefferson High School is starting out this week with a new Athletics Director. Joe Hernandez is taking over the position starting Monday. Hernandez accepted the position in October.

He previously worked at Ball State University as Associate Athletics Director.

Hernandez finished working for the cardinals over the weekend. He told News 18 he wanted to finish things at Ball State the right way before leaving his job there of 34 years. 

Here's a little background on the newest member of the Lafayette Jeff family.

Hernandez received his undergraduate and masters degrees from Ball State. He's been working for the university's athletics department since 1986.

We spoke to Hernandez about his decision to move from NCAA to IHSAA. He explained it wasn't a hard decision, because he believes the organizations operate similarly.

Although, he did mention there will be challenges transitioning to a high school position after working at the Division 1 level. The main issue he's prepared for is budget.

Hernandez said he wanted to stay in athletics because it's what he knows.

"Lafayette Jeff has so many coaches that are teachers in the building and their school corporation and that's fabulous because I think that's a very big key," Hernandez said. "But I just want to get in there, find out what the strengths and weaknesses are and hopefully help build on the program that's already there."

Hernandez said he had some requirements while searching for a new job. One being that he didn't want to go to a school where he would be a one man band. He also said the school had to have ambition, and strives to be the best it can in both academics and athletics. 

He said Lafayette Jeff had the pieces of the puzzle he was looking for.

Hernandez told News 18 he's eager to start making relationships in Lafayette community and in the Jeff family.

"Just looking forward to getting in there and meeting some people, getting to know the coaches and finding out how we can help them be more successful [and] how we can help the student athletes be more successful."

Hernandez said he wanted to stay in athletics because it's what he knows.

He talked to News 18 about his goals as he begins his new position. Hernandez explained one of his goals is making sure all student athletes reach their goals. Whether that's continuing to play sports at the college level, go to a trade school or the armed services.
Hernandez said his contacts and resources from working at a D1 school will be beneficial in helping student athletes get to where they want to be.

Hernandez replaces Doug Seagrave, who resigned in September after just three months in the position.

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