It’s been four long years for Mt. Vernon High School’s assistant principals who have split the athletic director duties in addition to completing their other administration roles. The athletic director position was eliminated in 2011 due to budget constraints. Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation has officially hired Brandon Ecker as the new Athletic Director, and the staff is more than ready for him.
Ecker’s two-year contract begins officially July 1, 2015, but he anticipates beginning work prior to that date. He comes to MVHS as the former athletic director for New Castle High School. Both Mt. Vernon and New Castle are in the same Hoosier Heritage Conference which should help provide a smooth transition for Ecker.
Ecker received his bachelor of science in History Education from Huntington Universityand also received a scholarship to play tennis. Ecker began working on his administrator’s license at Ball State University and finished his Athletic Administration Masters Degree at Western Kentucky University while living in Indianapolis.
Ecker began his career in education in as a social studies teacher in Union County High School, which led him to teaching three years in the Richmond Alternative High School. During this time he gained experience as an Athletic Supervisor for Centerville High School. He then took a part-time social studies teacher and part-time athletic director position at Shelbyville High School. His tenure at Shelbyville proved to be a very busy time as he was also acquiring his masters in Athletic Administration, and was married during that time as well.
A full-time athletic director position opened at New Castle High School in 2012 where Ecker became a natural as a department leader. He steered New Castle High School through switching from the North Central Conference to the Hoosier Heritage Conference. His main focus was to keep a full schedule for the athletes so they can still develop their talents and have a full athletic experience. Ecker was also challenged with keeping the athletics financially afloat during challenging economic times.
Ecker was nominated as a Junior Director representing District 4 for the Indiana Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (IIAAA). The IIAAA is the organization that works with the IHSAA on behalf of the schools. Since he will be continuing to work at a school in the Hoosier Heritage Conference, he will maintain this role while at Mt. Vernon. In the year 2016-2017 Ecker will become a Senior Director for IIAAA.
Ecker states, “I am really looking forward to working as a team at Mt. Vernon High School. The dedication to education and providing a sound competitive athletic program are a priority at Mt. Vernon, and I plan to continue to helping to develop good citizens and prepare the students for a successful future.”
MVHS Principal, Bernie Campbell, states “Brandon’s reputation precedes him as an outstanding team leader with his intuitive leadership style and strong moral ethics. Out of 86 applicants for this position, we are very pleased to have selected the strongest candidate with experience that will lead Mt. Vernon’s athletic program through the next generation.”
Ecker resides in Indianapolis with his wife Brandy, step-son and one year-old daughter. Their family is planning on moving into the Mt. Vernon school district sometime in the future.