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SHIPROCK — Once again, Shiprock High School will have a new athletic director for the upcoming school year.

Earl Barrier was named the school's athletic director after the former athletic director, Nic Williams, accepted an administrative position as the supervisor of schools with the Central Consolidated School District earlier this month.

"Earl served as the interim assistant principal for us last year, so he's shown that he's a good fit for the school. I feel pretty good about the decision," said Shiprock High Principal Rick Edwards. "I don't think the transition will be difficult at all. The only thing he'll need to learn is the scope of the games, especially the basketball games, but he's already seen that and was part of our staff for district basketball. I'm looking forward to him working with us."

Before moving to New Mexico last year, Barrier coached in Texas for 32 years, including 27 years coaching basketball. When he got to the Four Corners, Barrier held the athletic director position at Tsé Bit'a'í Middle School in Shiprock before moving to the high school.

"I've been in athletics my whole career, and this was an opportunity to get into the administrative end of things," Barrier said. "Last year, I got to know a lot of the people here, and, when the job opened, it was what I wanted to do. Just being in the school business you have to love being around kids, and that's what has kept me in it. And now, being around kids that are athletes is all that more special for me."

Williams, who served as Shiprock's athletic director for one year, said his new administrative job advances his career.

"I love athletics and basketball and football, and they have always been a passion of mine, but I was asked if I wanted this opportunity," he said. "As I was looking at it, sometimes those opportunities don't come back around. I think that if I want to be an administrator, or possibly a superintendent, this is a good start for me to go in that direction. It's kind of tough to pass up an opportunity like this when I'm trying to advance in my career."

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648 and kschneider@daily-times.com. Follow him @karltschneider on Twitter.