WEST BOYLSTON – Amy Smith, the longtime varsity football and basketball cheerleading coach, has been named the new West Boylston High School athletic director (AD).
Amy Smith, who is a special education teacher at the school, replaces Todd Smith, who recently resigned from the position. The two are not related.
When Todd Smith informed school principal Chris Fournier that he wanted to move away from the position, Fournier knew Amy Smith would be a good candidate for the job.
“After Todd (Smith) informed me that he didn’t want to do it anymore, Amy (Smith) came forward as someone interested in the position,” Fournier said. “Having worked with Amy for six years, she’s worked her way from being a classroom para-professional to a classroom teacher.
“She is just so well organized and articulate and is so good with the kids and parents, that when she approached me and said she was interested in being the AD, I knew she would be good at running the athletic department,” he said. “As football and basketball cheerleading coach, she was at most of the games anyway, and shadowed Todd this past year, so she could step right in.
“She started going to the district athletic director meetings with Todd and he will mentor her this coming year,” Fournier mentioned. “So, she is ready to go and up to the task.”
Fournier also pointed out the importance of maintaining the cooperative team’s arrangement with Tahanto Regional and other schools.
“Amy will be overseeing everything from fall, winter to spring sports,” Fournier said. “We have a number of successful co-ops in place and we want to continue them. We have a good relationship with Tahanto for football, golf, cross country and tennis and we want to continue those positive relations.”
Amy Smith is thrilled to be the new athletic director, and is busy working on the fall schedules, but will miss being cheerleading coach.
“After Todd decided he wasn’t going to be AD anymore, I had spoken to him about the job and decided to apply for it,” Amy Smith said. “I absolutely love coaching cheerleading, but I felt I was ready for a change, and wanted to do more.
“I met with Todd, and Chris Fournier, and (assistant principal) David Lizotte, and just went over everything the job details,” she said. “Obviously, it is kind of a learning process, but I think I have a good handle on everything right now, and we’re ready for the fall season.
“I’m excited that we’re off to a good start, and we’ll take one season at a time,” Amy Smith said.
In addition to being cheerleading coach for 12 years, Amy Smith was the West Boylston youth football cheerleading coordinator for over 20 years.
“The new AD’s job required me to resign from high school and youth football (cheerleading) coaching, and we will soon have a new high school coach,” Amy Smith said. “The youth football program has a new coordinator that has taken over.”
Amy Smith is looking to improve the school’s athletic website, and would also like to take better advantage of social media to promote the athletic programs.
“We’ve revamped our athletic website and social media,” Amy Smith said. “We’re very active now on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
“When I got hired, I checked all the local schools (athletic) websites to see what they were doing,” she said. “We want to promote and highlight our athletes on all the platforms.
“If someone goes to the West Boylston school’s website and clicks on athletics, there will be a link to every schedule for every sport,” Smith mentioned. “We will update all the scores and any postponements for all the teams.”
Todd Smith was the AD for 10 years, before taking over four years ago. In the intervening years, between his two stints at the job, the AD job at the school was a bit of a revolving door.
Pete Jones, who is now the AD at the Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA), Todd Turcotte, Mike Bartkus and Justin Tienhaara all held the position.
Todd Smith, a physical education teacher at the school, is looking forward to spending more time watching his daughter, Ashley Smith, who plays basketball at Franklin Pierce University, and his son, Cody Smith, who is on the Assumption University baseball team.
Todd Smith is also the new hitting coach at Worcester State University under new head coach Phil Price.
“My daughter is playing college basketball and my son is playing college baseball, so I want to watch them more,” Todd Smith said. “I think when I came back (to AD) the second time, I got things in pretty good shape, so it was time for someone else to take over.
“During COVID, the job was tough and it became a lot,” he said. “I had a lot of respect for my fellow ADs.
“I think Amy will do a great job,” Todd Smith added.