North Forsyth High School athletic director Nathan Turner was named the 2015-16 State Athletic Director of the Year, announced Thursday by the Forsyth County School System.
Turner has spent 17 years at North, the last six as athletic director, and has been named the region director of the year three times since taking over in 2010.
He will be honored in Savannah by the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association (GADA) in two weeks.
“I’ll be honest, I’m surprised, humbled and flattered to win this award, especially with such a great group of directors across the state,” Turner said. “Every year you get the region award, you know the opportunity to get the director of the year is out there.
“I have a lot of people to thank. Phil Moore, Jerry Cauley, and Byron Orr. The athletic directors we work with every day. I leaned on them a lot. I’ve been blessed to work with a great staff here, so this really isn’t about me. It’s about a lot of people, pioneers who have come before me.”
Turner has been actively involved not only with expanding North’s athletic department, but also as an essential delegate of Region 6-AAAAAA in front of the Georgia High School Association. He currently serves on the GHSA Region 6-AAAAAA Executive Committee and is the GADA Board of Directors Vice President.
In a pivotal year, Turner had great influence in putting together the new Region 5-AAAAAAA that will take place of Region 6-AAAAAA when the GHSA reclassifies at the start of the next school year. The change, under the new seventh classification, will put all five public schools in Forsyth County into the same region for sporting activities—what Turner and others have called the “Forsyth Five.” Milton, a geographical travel partner with West Forsyth, will be the sixth team in the league.
“I really believe I was a voice for Forsyth, and really north Fulton (County),” Turner said. “It’s been a vision to get the five Forsyth schools together for a while.”
North is slated to open its new gymnasium on campus this June, and has seen recent success in its wrestling and girls basketball programs under Travis Jarrard and Erick Herrick. North also recently hired Robert Craft, a 2011 state champion head coach from Tallahssee, Fla., to lead the football program.