The MSSADA Messenger
Newsletter of the Massachusetts HS Athletic Directors
EARLY FALL 2021
FROM THE DESK OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR...
Welcome back to what we are all hoping will be a return to some sense of normalcy. I hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy, and that you had the opportunity to rest, relax and rejuvenate over the summer. With the arrival of student-athletes on campus throughout the state rapidly approaching, an atmosphere of high energy, enthusiasm and optimism will be the prevailing mood. Just think how exciting it will be to see your fields, courts and stadiums filled with kids playing the sports they love!
I am thrilled to say that we have had a significant increase in membership and the board is already making plans for a year filled with exciting opportunities for camaraderie and professional development. The NIAAA has already opened registration for the national conference to take place in Denver this December. The agenda will be packed with outstanding workshops and a tremendous selection of LTI classes including two new offerings focusing on dealing with ethical decision making and partnering with parents to create a positive culture. We also have every reason to believe that our state conference in March will take place in person down the Cape and it will be better than ever!
Be on the lookout for the return of the dynamic duo, Keith Mangan and Matt Trahan, as they will be hosting the newly established MSSADA Podcast. They will be covering a wide array of current topics and featuring outstanding guest speakers. This will be a must see event! I also encourage you to check out our much improved website. You will be able to find important information regarding conference registration, professional development opportunities, and valuable resources.
Our partnership with the Fenway Management Group promises to provide outstanding opportunities for our membership. We are in the midst of developing a public service announcement on character that can be personalized to your school along with the potential of hosting events at Fenway Park and combining efforts in community service projects to provide valuable educational experiences.
I wish you the best of luck with the upcoming fall season.
Francis Whitten III, CMAA
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT...
Greetings Athletic Directors,
I sincerely hope you were able to spend some quality time recharging this summer as we prepare to begin a new school year following what felt like the longest year ever. For those of you that are new to the profession we welcome you and wish you good luck.
The 2021-2022 school year will bring many changes. Some of which include:
The return to three athletic seasons
An “In-Person” State Conference in March
Our new dues initiative with the MIAA
Our fully functioning Website
The MSSADA Podcast
We said goodbye to longtime MIAA Executive Director Bill Gaine
We welcome our new Executive Director Dr. Robert Baldwin
The long awaited Statewide Tournament
Transition to ArbiterSports for our MIAA Scheduling program
I would also like to point out that registration has opened for the 52nd National Athletic Directors Conference which will be held December 10-14 In Denver, Colorado. If you have not had the opportunity to participate in the National Conference, I strongly encourage you to attend.
I am honored to serve as your president this year. If you have any suggestions on how we can better serve you and our association, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself, a member of our executive board or your district representative.
Yours in Sport,
Keith Mangan, CMAA
MSSADA EXECUTIVE BOARD- 2021-22
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / NIAAA LIASON
Fran Whitten - Algonquin Regional - Retired
President - Keith Mangan - Bedford HS
1st Vice President - Matt Trahan - Old Colony Reg. Voc/Tech HS
2nd Vice President - Tom Tarpey - New Bedford HS
3rd Vice President - Jim Quatromoni - Hingham HS
Secretary - Tania Rich - Nashoba Regional HS
Treasurer - John Lynch - Essex Tech - Retired
Past President - Jay Costa - Shrewsbury HS
LTC Coordinator - Karrah Ellis - Tantasqua Jr/Sr HS
MIAA Board of Directors Liaison - Matt Trahan - Old Colony Reg. Voc/Tech HS
MIAC Liaison - Andrew Crisafulli - Dartmouth HS
MIAA Board of Directors Liaison - Jim Quatromoni - Hingham HS
Public Relations - Andrew Crisafulli - Dartmouth HS
Webmaster - 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
District 1 - Melanie Martin - Holyoke HS
District 2 - Pete Jones - Advanced Math & Science HS
District 3 - Ann Palumbo - Tyngsboro HS
District 4 - Jack Owens - Boston Latin HS
District 5 - Kelly Wolff - Swampscott 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
Dave Lezenski - Lowell HS
Johanna DiCarlo - Westboro HS
RETIRED AD REPRESENTATIVES
Ray Cosenza - Fitchburg HS - Retired
Joan Schultz - Lenox HS - Retired
MIAA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dr. Robert Baldwin
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING DATES
10:00am Start Time @ MIAA - Franklin, MA
Monday, 1/3/2022 (Virtual)
Monday, 3/7/2022 (Board Officers Only)
ASSOCIATION WEBSITE - WWW.MSSADA.ORG
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERSHIPS WITH...
TUNNEL TO TOWERS - NIAAA INITIATIVE
To all NEDC Members, NIAAA State Liaisons and State Presidents,
On behalf of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, we would like to inform you about the continuation of our 2021 Initiative the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Due to the COVID-19, many states were unable to host their 2020 state conferences therefore not having the opportunity to raise money for this worthy organization.
As a reminder, this organization helps benefit our military and first responders. They do this in memory of FDNY firefighter, Stephen Siller, who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. Please see the attached flyer.
We really appreciate how our membership responded last year and we hope we can expand upon those efforts. In addition to raising funds from your state membership we would like you to consider encouraging them to use this initiative as a community service project within their schools. Students can benefit a great deal by learning about our country and the events that happened on 9/11.
To donate to this year’s 2021 NIAAA Initiative simply follow these steps:
Please use a credit card (if your association does not have its own card please use your personal card and get reimbursement)
Go to https://bit.ly/2CQrrGc and click on Donate on the right side of the page.
Select or fill in your amount to donate and then click on Continue
Fill in your information on the payment page and click on Donate. Note – fees
If your association doesn’t have a credit card, you may also send your state check to the NIAAA with Tunnel 2 Towers in the memo section and the NIAAA will make your donation for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either one of us:
Joni Pabst, CAA, Chair of the NIAAA National Initiative and Assistance Network
email@example.com or 520-906-7252
Fred Balsamo, CMAA, Vice Chair of the NIAAA National Initiative and Assistance Network
firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-605-0553
Thank you for your support in this worthy cause!
NIAAA NATIONAL ATHLETIC DIRECTORS CONFERENCE
NIAAA CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
(Click on the picture above for the direct link to the NIAA Professional Development Program)
Congratulations to the following Massachusetts Athletic Administrators who have recently earned designations through the NIAAA Certification Program:
CERTIFIED ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR (CAA)
REGISTERED ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATOR (RAA)
Dominique Williams Sr.
MSSADA LTC COURSE OFFERINGS
LTC 502 - November 8, 2021 - MIAA
LTC 501 - January 3, 2022 - MIAA
LTC 503 - TBA
Further information concerning registration will be communicated soon!