HERMISTON — The Hermiston School District announced on Wednesday that Athletic Director Larry Usher was selected as its 2017-18 Administrator of the Year, a well-deserved selection.
In Usher’s second school year as the AD, he most notably led Hermiston’s efforts to secure membership in the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association to better suit the student-athletes in amount of travel time and time missed from the classroom. In a press release, the district also cited other accomplishments by Usher, including helping increase student attendance at athletic events, starting a student pre-game tailgate party at select athletic events, improving the schools’ ‘Boomer’ mascot, and increasing the use of social media to promote events and emphasize the school’s brand.
Usher has been with the district since 2002 when he was first hired as a high school social studies teacher and coached the varsity boys basketball team from 2002-2010. Then from 2010-2014, Usher moved to Sandstone Middle School where he held titles of dean of students, assistant principal and principal before being hired as AD in 2016.