West Stokes principal Kevin Spainhour announced this week the school will hire Travis Gammons as the new athletic director. Gammons will replace Chris Manley who has spent the last six years in the position.
“It’s an honor to return to West Stokes,” Gammons said. “I started as an assistant coach in football and basketball when the school was first built in 1999 and now to serve as the athletic director is going to be special. Living in the community and coaching in the same conference has allowed me to follow their sport teams and I have a great admiration for their staff. I look forward to working with Mr. Spainhour and the amazing coaches. I’m excited to get started.”
Gammons has taught for 20 years and spent the past 16 at North Surry coaching a plethora of sports which include baseball, basketball, football, and most recently track and field, indoor track, and cross country where he was named coach of the year in 2015.
He is a Stokes County native and graduated from North Stokes. He went on to receive a degree in exercise and sports science from East Carolina University.
“When the position became available it was a chance to stay involved in athletics, but get into the administrative side as well. I believe my coaching experiences will help me relate with the current coaches at West, regardless of the sport.”
Spainhour said West Stokes is blessed to have Gammons joining their athletic program.
“He brings a wealth of experience at the high school level serving as head coach in both revenue and non-revenue sports. I am excited to work with him and support his journey as an AD. He plans to work closely with coach Manley over the next couple weeks to help with the transition. I know he has some new ideas and processes to implement in hopes of increasing communication and securing additional support to help give our student-athletes a great experience. We’re thrilled he is joining our team.”
West Stokes will host a meet and greet with Gammons on Tuesday, May 29 at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
“I’m excited about getting a chance to meet the coaches, athletes, parents and community members,” Gammons said.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.