Sherry Paysinger Reflects on her Long Tenure at Smiths Station
ONE OF ALABAMA'S FIRST FEMALE ATHLETIC DIRECTORS IS GETTING SET TO RETIRE
Sherry Paysinger has been with Smiths Station since the early 90’s working as a softball coach and Assistant Athletic Director, and in 2014 she made history.
“I was one of the first female Athletic Directors in the state of Alabama, especially at a large school,” Says Paysinger. “So that kind of set the path for some other people to move into this position.”
During Paysinger’s time at Smiths Station the Panthers have brought home state championships in three different sports, but it’s the kind acts of the student body that she’ll remember most.
“Smiths Station embraced me and my granddaughter when we both had cancer. I had ovarian cancer and Molly, my granddaughter had leukemia. The school did a ‘volley for molly’ and donated over ten thousand dollars to St. Jude research hospital. That’s where Molly was treated.”
Paysinger is retiring before the school year starts to go back to Athens, Alabama where she grew up to spend some quality time with her family, but leaving Smiths Station isn’t easy for her.
“I’ll miss the community the most. I love these kids, I’ll miss them, it’s kind of like leaving your family,” Says Paysinger.
Paysinger’s official last day at Smiths is Wednesday, but she say’s she’ll be back often to cheer on the Panthers.