Harbor Springs School District has a new Athletic Director at the helm after the Board of Education meeting Monday, July 8. Adam Wood, a physical education teåcher from Charlevoix received the board's unanimous support, completing a nearly four month search to fill the position. Former athletic director, Dave Iafolla resigned last spring.
"We're very excited to welcome Adam to the district," superintendent Mark Tompkins said in a telephone interview Monday. "We had over 70 applicants and 30 interviews. When Adam walked through the door, we knew he was the right fit."
Wood started his teaching career in 2007 at St. Mary's and has been teaching early elementary and high school physical education in Charlevoix for the last several years. With low seniority, he lost his position in Charlevoix as a result of that district's recent cutbacks, Tompkins said, adding Harbor Springs is lucky to have swooped him up.
"He is an educator first, which we think is wonderful," Tompkins noted. "He also has been a basketball coach, and so he understands the dynamics of athletics and the pressures of that world."
Tompkins added the district has not hired him for the open high school basketball coaching position.
"That's a 'schedule b' job posting, which we post internally and externally and have a separate hiring process for, so nothing has been done with that position yet."
The Athletic Director hiring committee consisted of nine people, made up of teachers, coaches, administrators, and community members. The decision to hire Wood was unanimous.
"He jumped right in, getting his new office (now located near the pool) in order. He'll be responsible for athletics, the pool, and our grounds," Tompkins said. "Adam's a very nice guy, and someone we hope will be here for the long haul."
During Monday night's board meeting, Tompkins also suggested the district enter into a cooperative agreement with Petoskey and Boyne City for hockey.
"It is of no cost whatsoever to the district," he said. "Petoskey's numbers were down and so they wanted to open up the team to a few other districts. This just gives our students one more opportunity to participate in an athletic activity."