Aaron Minger knows all the Broughton High coaches; he already works with them. And he knows the majority of the Caps players.
Minger has been Broughton’s certified athletics trainer for the past 12 years, but he is now the school’s new athletics director. He succeeds Jack Spain, who had served the school – and the state – as the Caps’ AD.
Spain has been very active with the N.C. High School Athletic Association. Many of the NCHSAA state championship events in Raleigh have been staffed by Spain and his Broughton crew. But last year, Minger was the championship director for the women’s soccer and softball championships.
“I had helped Jack before, but I got to have a bigger role last year,” Minger said. “I have worked with the people at the association. I know this is a big job, but I was looking for a new challenge.”
Broughton principal Steve Mares said the Broughton community already knows Minger from his work as an athletic trainer.
“He is well respected by the students, the coaches and all of the faculty,” Mares said. “He has earned their respect. He has done an outstanding job. He knows the entire program and the people. He has worked with all of coaches and many of the athletes.”
Minger said he knows he has things to learn. He has never been involved with the school’s booster group, for example.
He is a graduate of Wheeling (W.Va.) Park High and West Virginia University. He did his graduate work at the University of Louisville before going to N.C. State as an assistant trainer. He moved from there to Broughton.
Minger is the latest area certified athletic trainer to make the move to athletic director. Spain had been the Broughton athletic director before succeeding the late Marshall Hamilton as AD; current Cary football coach Kurt Glendenning was the Imps’ athletic trainer for 12 years before moving to the AD job, and later, to coaching.