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Sitting down with Marion AD Ryan Goodisky

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MARION (WSIL) -- We are in uncharted territory, a world with no sports. No games, no practices, athletic directors do their best to react to decisions made by leagues and state and national officials. Their coaches and athletes look to them for guidance and answers. They lead as they continue to learn like the rest of us.

"There's no playbook," Marion Athletic Director Ryan Goodisky said. "When you think of a guy like me that's been doing this for four years, I think one of the best things I can do is lean on other athletic directors and school administrators and stick together during these trying times and I think if we can all stick together and stay on the same page and at the end of the day I think that takes a lot of pressure off athletic directors that have only been doing it for a few years and those that have been doing it for twenty plus years so I think we all need to hjust take a deep breath and stick together on this."

Are there kids you can think of that needed this spring to possibly get more offers or get a offer to compete at the next level or maybe they needed that scholarship to just even go to college?

"Absolutely, yeah off the top of my head, I know we have a couple of kids that were really banking on the next couple of months to get that opportubnity, They've had those schools contacting them and saying they were interested and they still haven't officially offered anything so I know those kids were really eager to get on the soccer field or get on the baseball field or get on the track and try to prove they can compete at that next level and knowing them and thinking of those kids right now, we know they can play at the next level, it's just a matter of time of proving it once more their senior year that they can get it done and getting that offer and that definitely breaks your heart when you think about it."

When will sports resume?

Great question.

Only time will tell.

So we asked Goodisky, what's it like to play the waiting game?

"It's tough, it's really tough. We live in a society where most of the time and most days you can get answers immediately because of the way we are connected through the internet, cell phones and technology so the waiting game is tough, it's left me thinking about a lot of our seniors and our senior athletes and think of certain kids that might only play one sport and it happens to be this spring and they've worked really hard to get to this point and there is that moment now where we are not sure it's going to happen so I think it's my job and our coaches job to stay in contact with those kids and our teams and just try to be positive and communicate with them and again just make sure we all stay on the same page and see what happens when it is all said and done."

Jason Hurst

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