Pioneer is full of sports and gifted athletes, but behind everything that goes on in the sports world is the athletic director, Eve Claar.
Claar’s love for sports led her down the professional path of sports management at all three levels, high school, college, and professional, before ultimately settling into a high school sports career. “I think that you’re kind of drawn to one [level] over the others,” Claar said. “I think that high school is more about building young people through their athletic experience, teaching them life skills through being a part of a team.”
Before coming to Pioneer, Claar worked for the Detroit Pistons and the Detroit Shock doing sales and community relations. She worked facilities in the Birmingham schools before coming to Pioneer in 2003 to be an assistant athletic director. After three years at Pioneer she went on to be the athletic director in Bloomfield Hills, then to Lincoln High School before returning to Pioneer to take over as athletic director in 2012.
Being the athletic director, Claar takes on many different responsibilities. She schedules as many as 1,000 athletic contests per year (including hiring referees, game workers, and managing contracts between the schools, transportation, and facilities). Of those events, 400 are home games, spread out among 35 athletic programs, and attending as many as possible to make sure everything runs smoothly is a priority for Claar. She also is the head of the Physical Education Department and helps with any administrative duties that she is able to. She handles the budget of the athletic department, which is about $800,000 per year, while also overseeing registration of around 1,000 athletes and making sure they are all academically eligible.
The average game day for Claar works in two separate stages. First, during school hours, she deals with making sure that everything is prepared for that night’s contest. She needs to make sure that the facility is prepared and that everyone who needs to be shows up. Then there is a shift to game time management in the late afternoon. Following this, she verifies that everything is set up as it should be, that everyone is safe and expressing good sportsmanship, and at the bigger events, making sure that the students in attendance are being respectful and representing the school in an appropriate manner.