SARASOTA -- Out-of-Door football coach Brett Timmons was approached about a new position, and it didn't take long for him to accept the new gig.
Timmons was named the Thunder's new athletic director effective Sunday.
This follows the resignation last week of Noel Beaulieu, who leaves the program after becoming the athletic director in 2010.
"It was presented to me after our athletic director resigned," Timmons said. "And they asked would I be interested in taking over the responsibility. And I told them, 'Yeah.' I think it's just the natural progression. This is going on my seventh year. We built the football program up, and now I've been charged with trying to change the culture and try to take our athletic department, our athletic teams, into the 21st century, and into a new direction. Try to make our department, make our teams, much more competitive and make our athletic program one of the premier programs in Sarasota County."
Timmons, a former standout linebacker for Southeast's back-to-back state title teams in 1993 and 1994, started ODA's football program from scratch.
He won't have to do that as athletic director, as Beaulieu departs with a foundation already layed for Timmons.
Under Beaulieu's tenure, the Thunder built an im
proved athletic facility that includes ODA's football stadium with a track surrounding the field, the Taylor Emmons Memorial Baseball Field and a three-year apparel deal with Nike was signed last August.
Phone calls to Beaulieu on Monday were not returned.
"I think we just build off what Noel created," Timmons said. "The facilities and infrastructure is set. Now it's more so about trying to motivate and inspire our culture. And motivate and inspire our players to aspire for greatness."
After leaving his mark on Southeast's program, Timmons became a three-year starter for Tulane University and was a member of the Green Wave's undefeated 1998 team.
He earned a bachelor's degree from the Louisiana school, and got into coaching with stints at the University of Cincinnati and Clemson University as a graduate assistant.
The Manatee County native also interned with the Indianapolis Colts in the summer of 2004 under former Colts and Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy.
Timmons then became the only football head coach the Thunder program has seen.
He'll enter his seventh year with added responsibilities, though, and Timmons said he's spoken to Southeast's Paul Maechtle about the dual role.
Maechtle is the head football coach and athletic director for the Seminoles and coached Timmons when he was a Southeast player.
"Talking to Coach Maechtle and trying to figure out how to balance the two," said Timmons, who guided ODA to the Class 1B state semifinal in 2009. "Because he's been doing it for 30-some odd years. So that's a lot of experience and a lot wisdom to learn from."
ODA's head of school David Mahler said Timmons is an exceptional leader, coach and motivator in a news release Monday.
"Brett Timmons is a great teacher," Mahler said in the release. "His teams always play hard to the final play and they win with humility and lose with grace. Brett is the right leader to continue to grow and strengthen our athletic program in order to take it to the next level."