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June 12, 2013

Director of a new era

McInnis hired to oversee Triton athletics

BYFIELD — In hopes of ushering in a new era of Triton Regional High athletics, Superintendent Christopher Farmer announced yesterday he hired a new full-time district athletic director in Sean McInnis.

McInnis takes over for Donna Andersen, who filled the role on a part-time basis for four years. Andersen received a stipend for serving as athletic director in addition to collecting salaries for her full-time position as physical education teacher and season position of varsity field hockey coach.

Andersen did not apply for the position of full-time athletic director, according to Farmer.

McInnis, a resident of Norfolk, has served as the director of Budgeting and Financial Reporting at UMass Boston for the past seven years. He has also served as a varsity basketball coach at various schools over the last 20 years, including Wakefield High, Weston High and King Philip Regional High. McInnis was named Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 2010-11 and MIAA Division 3 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2007-08.

“My family is coming up with a transition plan to make sure we’re closer to Triton,” McInnis said. “I want to make sure I spend as much time in the community as possible. I want to be active in the lowest possible level of Triton athletics to the highest possible level. I want people to be able to get in touch with me.”

Farmer stressed that the primary role of the district athletic director will be to provide more support to coaches. The superintendent did acknowledge that he hopes McInnis’ hire will lead to more success for Triton teams in competition.

“We feel our coaches deserve more support,” Farmer said. “Clearly, part of this is about achieving excellence in competition. Certainly it’s important that our teams are successful. We attach a lot into the personal development of our student-athletes. We want to improve the liaison with our feeder programs. We want to provide increasing opportunities to middle school athletes to be involved in athletics.”

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