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North Attleborough Schools announces athletic director finalists

The top four athletic director finalists have been chosen and community members are invited to an upcoming forum to learn more about each candidate.

North Attleborough’s top four candidates are Nick Schlierf, Geoff Burgess, Jim Scanlon and Christopher Schmidt. The forum will be held on Wednesday, March 22, at the North Attleborough High School Media Center, 570 Landry Ave., from 6-8 p.m.

During the forum, each finalist will have 20 minutes to speak and give background information about their experiences and why they would be the best candidate for the job. The times the four finalists will speak and a brief blurb about each are as follows:

Nick Schlierf, 6-6:20 p.m.

Schlierf has served as the athletic director for the Sharon Public School district since 2017. He was previously the assistant principal at the University Preparatory School in Rochester, New York. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Geoff Burgess, 6:30-6:50 p.m.

Burgess has worked for the North Attleborough Public Schools since 2001, serving in numerous positions including as a teacher, coach, curriculum leader, advisor and mentor. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in education from Simmons College, and a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University.

Jim Scanlon, 7-7:20 p.m.

Scanlon has served as the athletic director of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District since 2020. Prior to joining the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District, he was Grafton Public Schools’ athletic director from 2017-2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a master’s degree in athletic training from Bridgewater State University.

Christopher Schmidt, 7:30-7:50 p.m.

Schmidt has served as the athletic director of the Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton since 2015. Before Nipmuc, he worked for the Franklin Public Schools from 2001 to 2015 as a teacher, coach, department head and assistant principal. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree from the University of New Haven.

A 17-member committee vetted 53 athletic director applicants. The committee interviewed nine semi-finalists before selecting the top four candidates.

“The committee dedicated to finding the new athletic director was presented with a large pool of qualified candidates, which they skillfully narrowed down to the top four,” Superintendent John Antonucci said. “We encourage all community members to attend the forum and give feedback on which candidates they feel are most qualified for the position.”

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