The MSSADA Messenger

Newsletter of the Massachusetts HS Athletic Directors

SEPTEMBER 2022

FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR...

FRANCIS WHITTEN III

Director of Athletics (retired) - Algonquin Regional High School

CMAA

Dear Membership,


Welcome back to what promises to be one of our best years yet! Under the leadership of President Matt Trahan, your association is taking giant steps forward.


Our new and improved website offers a wealth of information in a very user friendly format. Conference Coordinator Mike Denise is already holding discussions for a dynamic state conference with a wide array of workshops and valuable LTI offerings, organized by LTC Coordinator Karrah Ellis, in order to significantly contribute to your professional development. Matt will also be releasing an outstanding power point aimed at explaining the vital role of the athletic administrator in the field of education. This will be an extremely useful tool when working with your Principals, Superintendents and School Committees.


Be certain to keep your eyes open for informative posts, from Director of Communications Andrew Crisafulli, on Twitter and of course the MSSADA Podcast hosted by Matt Trahan and Keith Mangan.


In addition to all of this exciting news I would like to welcome Ann Trytko to the board. Ann will be taking over as your Executive Director in June upon my retirement. Ann is a highly experienced athletic administrator with valuable working knowledge of our partners at the MIAA, as well as being truly passionate about the MSSADA.


Keith Mangan, our Past President, will remain on the board taking over as Treasurer upon John Lynch's retirement in January. I cannot begin to thank John enough for his service and dedication to our association. Keith will bring new energy and initiatives to the position as the association moves forward.


In spite of the pandemic we had a record year for membership. With expanded membership offerings to include middle school athletic administrators, assistant athletic directors, those aspiring to enter the field of athletic administration, along with a strong contingent of retired AD's we expect to reach even greater heights.


Please remember you still have time to organize a fundraiser with your student-athletes to support the Make A Wish Foundation as part of the NIAAA national initiative. This is an opportunity to teach your student-athletes the meaning of benevolent giving while developing leadership skills within their community and contributing to a wonderful cause. See our web page for further details.


I look forward with great anticipation to what this coming year has to offer. I hope all of you had the opportunity to rest, rejuvenate and spend quality time with loved ones over the summer. Best of luck as you prepare to begin the fall season.



Respectfully,


Francis Whitten III, CMAA

Executive Director

MSSADA

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT...

MATT TRAHAN

Director of Athletics - Old Colony RVTHS

CMAA

Greetings Athletic Directors,


I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well as we look forward to the fall athletic season! I trust that everyone has had a wonderful summer enjoying friends, family, and loved ones. My hope is that you had some down time to rest, relax, and recharge.


It is my pleasure to assume the position of MSSADA President for the 2022-2023 school year. I am deeply honored to take over this position from Keith Mangan who put forth great effort and led effectively. My intention is to continue building on the legacy of outstanding Athletic Administrators who have served MSSADA and the best interest of Athletic Administrators and student-athletes around the state.


I would like to thank you for all that you do for the student-athletes of your schools. We all know the time and effort we put into our positions. We all come from different types of high schools (public, private, and vocational/technical); but no matter what, we all share a common goal, and that is to provide the best educationally based athletic program for our students. Your commitment to the many student-athletes of Massachusetts is greatly appreciated. It is because of you we have been able to develop strong programs, well-equipped to navigate through adversity such as recent times.


For over 50 years the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) has supported and dedicated itself to improving the quality of high school athletic programs in Massachusetts. Please take advantage of the many opportunities that the MSSADA provides for us all to thrive, improve, and excel as Athletic Administrators.


I am excited for the opportunity to work with you and the MSSADA board this upcoming year. Please take advantage of the numerous opportunities MSSADA has to offer.


❖ Free Registration State Conference

❖ LTC Offerings

❖ AD’s Mentoring Program

❖ Newsletters

❖ Support Professionally and Socially

❖ Podcasts

❖ Website

❖ Endless opportunities to get involved and network


You can find us on Twitter: @MSSADA9 Website: mssada.org Included in this correspondence you will find a presentation “The Role of Athletic Director” (Please see button below for presentation access). Please feel free to share this with your administration as needed.


From all of us who serve through MSSADA, we wish you a great start to the fall athletic season and the best this year has to offer.


Warmest Regards,


Matthew J. Trahan, CMAA

MSSADA - President

MSSADA EXECUTIVE BOARD - 2022-23

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / NIAAA LIASON

Fran Whitten - Algonquin Regional - Retired

Ann Trytko - Hampshire Regional HS - Retired (Executive Director Elect)


OFFICERS

President - Matt Trahan - Old Colony Reg. Voc/Tech HS

1st Vice President - Tom Tarpey - New Bedford HS

2nd Vice President - Jim Quatromoni - Hingham HS

3rd Vice President - Kelly Wolff - Swampscott HS

Secretary - Tania Rich - Nashoba Regional HS

Treasurer - John Lynch - Essex Tech - Retired

Past President & Treasure Elect - Keith Mangan - Bedford HS


BOARD POSITIONS

LTC Coordinator - Karrah Ellis - Franklin HS

MIAC Liaison - Andrew Crisafulli - Dartmouth HS

MIAA Board of Directors Liaison - Jim Quatromoni - Hingham HS

Director of Communications - Andrew Crisafulli - Dartmouth HS

Web Administrator - Matt Trahan - Old Colony Reg. Voc/Tech HS

Conference Coordinator - Mike Denise - Blackstone Valley Tech HS

Asst. Conference Coordinator/Awards Chair - Terry Riley - Assabet Valley Tech - Retired

MSSADA Mentor Chair - Thom Holdgate


DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES

District 1 - Jennifer Gouvin - Belchertown HS

District 2 - Pete Jones - Advanced Math & Science HS

District 3 - Ann Palumbo - Tyngsboro HS

District 4 - Jack Owens - Boston Latin HS

District 5 - Terri Pillsbury - Saugus HS

District 6 - Sahill Quaisar - Boston Public Schools

District 7 - Eric Scott - Medfield HS

District 8 - Kevin Karo - Brockton HS

District 9 - Peter Serino - Abington HS


AT-LARGE MEMBERS

Dave Lezenski - Lowell HS

Johanna DiCarlo - Westboro HS


RETIRED AD REPRESENTATIVES

Jeff Long - Marlboro HS - Retired


MIAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. Robert Baldwin

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING DATES

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10:00am Start Time @ MIAA - Franklin, MA


Monday, 9/12/2022

Monday, 10/3/2022

Monday, 11/7/2022

Monday, 12/5/2022

Monday, 1/9/2023

Monday, 2/6/2023

Monday, 3/6/2023

Monday, 4/3/2023

Monday, 5/1/2023

Monday, 6/5/2023

A LISTING OF NEW ADs AND/OR VETERAN ADs WHO ARE NEW TO A SCHOOL THIS FALL...

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Wayne Puglisi - Andover High School

Sean McDonagh - Archbishop Williams High School

Spencer Burton - Assabet Valley Reg Tech HS

Steven Sentes - Barnstable High School

Matthew Rickson - Bay Path RVT High School

Tom Conley - Boston College High School

Kyle Williams - Brookline High School

Kennedy Gomes - Community Charter School of Cambridge

Kyle Pelczar - Collegiate Charter School of Lowell

Patrick Kennedy - Falmouth Academy

Karrah Ellis - Franklin High School

Dylan Dubuc - Granby Jr - Sr High School

Amy Jennings - Hopkins Academy

Kiely Murray - Hopkinton High School

Donald Marini - Keefe Technical HS

Cameron Connors - Lowell Catholic High School

Kevin Bigelow - Lunenburg High School

Mia Muzio - Lynnfield High School

Timothy Selmon - Mansfield High School

Mike Arria - Maynard HS

Stephen Burndrett - Minnechaug Regional

Greg Lilly - Mohawk Trail Regional

Stacy Stevens - Nashoba Valley Technical High School

Scott Urban - Neighborhood House Charter School

J.J. Niamkey - Norwell High School

Matt Dawson - North Middlesex Regional HS

Ryan Gordy - Oliver Ames High School

Tyler Simons - Pathfinder RVT High School

Kerry Baird - Pioneer Valley Regional School

Nicole Cronin - Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Char

Ray Cosenza - Saint Bernard’s

Ryan Walsh - Saint Joseph's Prep

Reilly Christie - Salem High School

Jason Linders - Southbridge High School

Chris Carbone - Stoughton High School

Kaleigh Dumont - Sturgis Charter School East

Rich Levansavich - Sutton High School

Marcus Backlin - Tantasqua Regional

Bethany Wandyes - Uxbridge High School

Alyssa Dube - Veritas Prepartory Charter School

Greg Vouros - Westfield High School

Andrew Joseph - Westfield Technical Academy & High School

Kurt Savage - Whitinsville Christian School

Dennis Ingram - Wilmington High School

MSSADA WORKSHOP FOR 1ST YEAR ADs - 8/10/2022

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On August 10th, MSSADA offered their annual summer workshop for 28 new Massachusetts ADs at the MIAA in Franklin. A special thank you to MSSADA mentor training program director Thom Holdgate, along with Peter Serino (Abington) and Andrew Crisafulli (Dartmouth), who presented a robust informational session full of job responsibilities, tips and tricks of the high school Athletic Director's position.

ASSOCIATION WEBSITE - WWW.MSSADA.ORG

Click on the picture above for the direct link to www.MSSADA.org

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH...

MAKE-A-WISH - NIAAA INITIATIVE

**Deadline is November 30th**

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2022 NATIONAL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS CONFERENCE - NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

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NIAAA - FALL WEBINARS

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LTC COURSE OFFERINGS THROUGH MSSADA

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LTC 502 - November 7, 2022 - MIAA OFFICE (8am-12pm)

LTC 501 - January 9, 2023 - MIAA OFFICE (8am-12pm)

LTC 503 - February 6, 2023 - Virtually


Individuals should log into their NIAAA accounts and review their course transcript. This step will enable individuals to check on credited courses and determine the next level of certification and/or what courses they may still need.


Please contact MSSADA LTC Coordinator Karrah Ellis with any questions regarding certification and/or LTC Classes:


Karrah Ellis

Franklin High School

ellisk@franklinps.net

508-613-1502

NIAAA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

(Click on the picture above for the direct link to the NIAA Professional Development Program)

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Congratulations to the following Massachusetts Athletic Administrators who have recently earned designations through the NIAAA Certification Program:


CERTIFIED MASTER ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR (CMAA)

Robert McAnulty

Matthew Trahan


CERTIFIED ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR (CAA)

Matthew Bonenfant

Brad Bustin

Ryan Madden

Ann Palumbo

Jennifer Reynolds

Tara Sartori

Matthew Serino

Greg Vouros


REGISTERED ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR (RAA)

Jonathan Amico

Marcus Backlin

Timothy Bassett

Jennifer Gouvin

Travis Lombardi

Christopher Travis

ONE FINAL THOUGHT...

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