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Steve Thompson named Grant County Athletic Director

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Steve Thompson retired from the classroom, but he’s already gone back to school.
Thompson, of Dry Ridge, has been hired as the Grant County Schools athletic director.
He replaces Scott Shipp, who has taken over as Grant’s director of operations.


Thompson taught at Grant County Middle School for six years before returning to his hometown of Hillsboro, Ohio . He spent the last 12 years of his teaching career at New Richmond, Ohio before retiring in 2010.
He’d been spending most of his time since retirement watching his son, Alex, a junior at GCHS, play baseball.
But he always kept in mind that his degree in sports administration might come in handy, so when he saw the position advertised, he applied.


“It’s been a little rough, but only because a lot of things are getting thrown right in with the meets and events right away,” he said.
In addition to managing Grant County’s fall sports, he’s in the process of finding three new coaches for spring.
“It’s a little stressful right now because I was hired and school started, but I don’t think this is normal,” he said.
Thompson said Shipp has made himself available and been helpful in the transition.


“The coaches have also been good,” Thompson said. “I can’t say enough about Scott Shipp. He’s such a classy act.”
Thompson plays golf occasionally, but his real love is as a fan of the Reds and Bengals.
“In 34 seasons, I think I’ve only missed three Bengals’ games,” he said.
He also enjoys travel.
He is married to Carolyn Thomas Thompson, who owns State Farm Insurance in Williamstown.
After retirement he began working at the State Farm office.
“That wasn’t my passion and I’ve always had a passion for sports,” he said.


The couple also has a daughter, Megan, who recently passed the bar exam and is now working at a Cincinnati law firm.
He’s also active at Dry Ridge Christian Church.
His mission as athletic director is to create a positive experience for student athletes.
“From my experience, kids who play sports do better with grades and staying out of trouble more often than those who don’t,” he said. “Those involved with sports programs at Grant County High School, want to make each student’s time in sports a special time.”