January 18, 2019
Tammy Talmage Likes Being a Good Sport
When it came time to arrive for her job interview two years ago, Tammy Talmage didn’t need directions. After all, she had been coaching Green Bear athletes for nearly 30 years and earned 11 varsity letters as an Ottawa Hills student-athlete.
But she admits to needing some directional assistance during her first 20 months as athletic administrator. Whatever challenges were encountered, she overcame enough that Ottawa Hills received the Toledo Area Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the district whose sports team collectively won the most championships for the season. Call it beginner’s luck – or hard work paying off.
As her second year winds down, she is more confidently steering a program that covers 18 varsity and seven junior high sports, 45 individual teams and coaches, more than 200 student athletes, and numerous paid workers, such as people who run game clocks and sell tickets. “I do love the job. I love watching the kids compete,” Ms. Talmage said. “Now, I can take my emotion out of it, unlike when I was coaching. Watching students compete is the culmination of what I do. I mean, who has that kind of a job? How many people are lucky enough to get paid to supervise and watch sports?” Continue reading