From the A.D.’s desk: influence

Jay Minton - Wayne HS Athletics Director

Have you ever looked up to anyone and wanted to be like them? I am sure almost all of us have at one time or another. With today’s athlete getting so much attention, it is ever so important for student athletes to understand the responsibility of the INFLUENCE that they have on others, especially the young ones that want to follow in their footsteps.

Recently, a situation happened up in Columbus to a young man that is an amazing young man. He made a real bad decision and for that poor decision he will have to spend an enormous amount of time trying to correct it.

We tell our athletes, that are usually between the ages of 14 to 18 that they spend 14 or 18 years building their name, their character and their reputation and it only takes a split second to blow it. That is the responsibility that our athletes have in today’s society and not everyone can handle it.

I can say one thing that, if an athlete or a young person does make a poor decision, I hope and pray that they have people around them that handle the situation like Urban Meyer did this past week. Someone that is going to be firm and remind them that they did wrong, but also someone that cares enough about them as a person to help them through those tough times. There is an old saying that says “tough times don’t last, but tough people do! However, an INFLUENCE IS REMEMBERED FOR A LIFETIME…

Thanks to the Warrior Nation for all of the support. I sure hope that the Band, Warriorettes, Cheerleaders and Football Players have given you some Friday Nights to remember! Wait, we are not done yet…We host a first round Play-off game here at home this Saturday at 7 p.m. We play Reynoldsburg High School and this begins our second season, so come and join us as we all together as the Wayne Train loads up in hopes of the final destination, “The Shoe!”

For ticket info about the game, go to No passes are accepted at this game which is under the guidance of the OHSAA. Also, field passes and field access is very restrictive, so if you have had access in the past, chances are you may not for this game. Hope to see everyone there! LETS GO WAYNE!

Jay Minton

Wayne HS Athletics Director

To reach Jay Minton, call 937-604-4811 or by email:

To reach Jay Minton, call 937-604-4811 or by email: