Mike Mullins, the athletic director at Oak Ridge High School, has been honored by the TSSAA for his distinguished service as an administrator.
The TSSAA, or Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, administers junior and senior high school sports. A story in the Winter 2015 issue of TSSAA News said Mullins is finishing his ninth year as athletic director at ORHS and his 29th year in interscholastic athletics and education.
The TSSAA article said Mullins has spearheaded a number of capital improvement projects.
“The most striking undertaking is the Wildcat Arena, a part of a $61 million renovation to Oak Ridge High School,” the story said. “This state-of-the-art facility is home to the Wildcat basketball and volleyball teams and is one of the finest high schools in the state.”
Other upgrades completed under Mullins include the Pro2Serve soccer complex, newly renovated weight room, and many locker room enhancements. There are also plans for a multi-million dollar renovation of historic Blankenship Field.
Before he was named athletic director in 2005, Mullins was assistant athletic director for the Oak Ridge Wildcats for four years.
Since Mullins became AD, the Wildcats have won six state championships, had five runner-up finishes, and earned “countless sectional, regional, and district titles,” the story said. There have been individual awards as well, and Mullins has assembled a highly regarded coaching staff and been awarded the 2009-2010 A.F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year Award, TSSAA News said.
Mullins and his wife Karla, a teacher at Oak Ridge High School, live in Oak Ridge, and they have two sons, Aaron and Austin.
The athletic program at ORHS has 17 varsity sports and more than 500 student-athletes.
See the TSSAA story on Page 5 of the online version of TSSAA News here.