GREENFIELD — While training for a marathon several years ago, Kevin Horrigan had the idea to wear a pedometer at the IHSAA boys basketball state finals, where he has served as tournament director since 1994.
The device measures how far a person runs or walks and Horrigan, Greenfield-Central’s athletic director, progressed to 18 miles in his race prep before deciding that maybe he wasn’t cut out for a 26.2-mile run.
At the basketball state finals, however, Horrigan’s back-and-forth to every corner and corridor of Bankers Life Fieldhouse in making sure teams, fans and media were taken care of made for more than a marathon. Horrigan walked 27.8 miles on March 29 at the most recent hoops championship event, where a typical day for Horrigan the last two decades began around 7 a.m. and ended close to 2 a.m. the following morning.
Horrigan’s long walk as an athletic administrator – which has earned national recognition – is at an end. Horrigan, 61, submitted his letter of retirement Monday to the Greenfield Central School Board, which also approved boys soccer coach Jared Manning as new athletic director. (When Retta Livengood asked the board for a motion to approve Horrigan’s retirement at the board meeting, her fellow board members jokingly sat silent for a moment before relenting.)
“I have always told myself that I would know when the time to retire arrived,” said Horrigan, whose retirement is effective June 30. “I figured one day I would get up, look myself in the mirror and say, ‘You know, I really don’t enjoy this anymore,’ or ‘I do not want to go to work today.’ I can assure you that is not the case.”
Instead, it’s an accumulation of events that led Horrigan to end a 40-year career in education, including 29 years as an athletic director, the final 12 at G-C after previous stops at Lawrence Central and Brebeuf.