When the VHSL’s reclassification was discussed at athletic director meetings, Michael Tribus paid close attention. Even though, as the AD at Atlantic Shores, it wouldn’t have any effect on him or his school.
His reason was three-fold: One, Tribus is a member of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, so he felt it was his duty to know what was going on. Two, maybe the changes would open up some scheduling options for Atlantic Shores.
And three ... maybe he’d be an athletic director at a public school in the near future.
Tribus, who had been at Atlantic Shores Christian School in Chesapeake, since 2004, was confirmed as Hampton’s new athletic director Wednesday night by the school board. He replaces Karen Holley, who returned to her role after Phil Melillo left in April for another position in the school.
“I had the opportunity (at Atlantic Shores) and I was very thankful, but I’ve always wanted to better myself in my career by going to a larger school,” Tribus said. “Hampton has given me that opportunity, and I’m very excited about it. I’ve been in athletic administration for nine years, so I’m very accustomed to the day-to-day stuff.
“The VHSL (realignment) is a little different. But the good thing is, it’s new to everybody. It’s new to me and to the rest of them.”
Tribus, 37, has a strong background in athletics. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University in sports management. He then interned a year at N.C. State in the athletic department.
Tribus earned his Master’s in athletic administration from James Madison. He also worked in JMU's NCAA compliance and sports information office.
His first job at Atlantic Shores was teaching computer science, but his goal was to get into athletics. In January of 2006, he was named assistant athletic director. In the fall of ’06, he replaced David Garratt as AD.
Though he’s been on the southside all this time, Tribus isn't unfamiliar with the Peninsula.
“My parents have lived on this side of the water for 12 years, so I visit them and I know a lot about the programs over here,” he said. “(Heritage AD) Dwayne Peters and (Kecoughtan’s) Lee Martin are my good golfing buddies, and I’ve been tight with them over the years. I’ve learned about their schools and their policies.
“I know the Peninsula District and Hampton has a lot to offer. I know a lot about that in hearing about their successes and championships and, most important, getting kids to the next level.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun