10 TEXTS WITH STEVE JANSKI
Steve Janski is in his 8th year as Athletic Director at Fayetteville Schools. Steve had a successful high school football coaching and administration career at Heber Springs before arriving in Fayetteville. He has a proven track record as one of the most respected athletic directors in Arkansas. We recently had the opportunity to find out more about Steve’s career and his life outside of sports administration.
Where did you grow up and attend school and what sports did you play?
Little Rock, AR (Central High School) and I played Football and Track.
What is your biggest challenge as an athletic director?
Pre-pandemic, trying to balance work and family. Post-pandemic, adjusting back to full capacity events and logistics.
What makes Fayetteville schools special?
Rich tradition. Since 1871, students have been continuing high achievement on a local, regional, and national level in academics and athletics.
If you were not an athletic director, what job would you want to have?
I would go back to college coaching.
What motivates you on a daily basis?
The process of exploring opportunities to better the student-athlete experience with staff, facilities and community involvement.
What is your favorite sports movie?
Have to go top 3: Hoosiers, Remember the Titans, Moneyball.
How would you describe your leadership style?
Progressive, passionate, persistent.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Family time & exercising.
What has been the most rewarding part of leading the Fayetteville athletic department?
Watching students compete, coach’s coach, and in front of great community support.
What do you enjoy most about living in NWA?
Attending Fayetteville games and walking across the street to watch the Razorbacks! Go Hogs & Go Dogs!