Schlierf chosen as next athletic director for North Attleborough

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Dr. Nick Schlierf has been selected as the new athletic director for North Attleborough High School. Courtesy photo/North Attleborough Public Schools
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Dr. Nick Schlierf, the athletic director for the Sharon Public School, has been selected as the North Attleborough High School’s new athletic director.

Schlierf was appointed to the role on March 28 after he was recommended for selection by a hiring committee.  He was one of four finalists out of a field of 53 candidates.

Schlierf will begin in his new role on July 1, succeeding Athletic Director Kurt Kummer, who said he will help Schlierf transition into his new role before he officially retires on Aug.31.

In a press release, NAHS Principal Peter Haviland said Schlierf received positive feedback from stakeholders during a forum on March 22.  Parents, coaches and staff heard from the top four candidates and provided comments in a survey after their presentations.

“It was important to us that we had a thorough and inclusive search process to find our next athletic director,” said Haviland. “I would like to thank the dozens of stakeholders who either served on the search committee, attended the finalist forum, or simply provided feedback to us about the candidates.”

Superintendent Dr. John Antonucci said Kummer will be missed in his role as director, but that Schlierf will do well in the position.

“On behalf of the entire district, I would like to thank Kurt Kummer for his years of dedicated service to the North Attleborough community, and to our student-athletes,” Antonucci said. “He leaves a strong foundation for Dr. Schlierf to build upon.”

During the candidate forum, Schlierf touted his experience as the assistant principal at University Preparatory School in Rochester as an example of how he can work inside and outside of the athletic department. A priority for his first 90 days would be to build a working relationship with the staff and athletes.

“I know from my own experience how sports balances out what’s going on for kids,” Schlierf said during the forum. “I will work with everybody and get to know everybody.”

During his time as athletic director at Sharon High School, he worked with student-athletes and staff, taking an ‘all hands on deck’approach to running the department. He said he will take the same approach as the athletics director at NAHS.

“It’s the people that make the institution,” Schlierf said. “Not just the place.”