North Attleborough High School announces hiring of new varsity coaches

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From left: Varsity Girls Soccer Coach Dan Burdick, Varsity Boys Hockey Coach Neil Hall and Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Mike Babul. Courtesy photo
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Superintendent John Antonucci, Principal Peter Haviland and Athletic Director Dr. Nick Schlierf are pleased to announce that North Attleborough High School has hired three new varsity coaches.

Mike Babul was selected as the coach of the Varsity Boys Basketball team, Neil Hall was selected as the coach of the Varsity Boys Hockey Team and Dan Burdick was selected as the Varsity Girls Soccer coach.

“We are pleased to welcome Mike, Neil and Dan to the North Attleborough athletics department in their new positions as varsity coaches,” Principal Haviland said. “Each coach has expansive experience coaching and managing teams, and I’m confident that they will serve as mentors to our student-athletes.”

Babul grew up in North Attleborough and graduated from North Attleborough High School in 1996. During his senior year at North Attleborough High School, he was named the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, as well as the Massachusetts High School Coaches Association Player of the Year. He was also named to the Parade Magazine All-American Team in 1996, which honors the Top 40 prep players in the country.

Following an impressive collegiate athletic career at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, he began his career as the Assistant Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Memphis – Tennessee in 2003.

Since then, Babul has gone on to serve as an Assistant Coach at Youngstown State University; Director of Basketball Operations for Drexel University, the University of Texas at El Paso and Auburn University; Associate Head Coach at Wagner College and Assistant Coach for the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League.

Most recently, he opened Hoop Work, a program with year-round private and small-group instruction for male and female basketball players in New England. As part of this work, he has provided basketball instruction to over 2,000 young athletes in New England.

Hall has coached hockey for the past 25 years at both the youth and high school levels. Since 2019, he has served as an assistant coach for the North Attleboro hockey team, allowing him to build a strong rapport with the current North Attleboro hockey
players.

Outside of coaching, Hall has served as a scout for the United States Hockey League (USHL), the premier Junior Hockey league in the country that feeds players to the NCAA Division I hockey programs, since 1997. He currently serves the organization as the Director of Scouting for the Omaha Lancers USHL hockey team.

He has also served as the Tabor Academy Assistant Coach, Bridgewater Bandits Head Coach, Chicago Steek USHL Head Scout and more. He has his level 4 USA Hockey Certified Coach certificate for all age levels.

Burdick is a 2011 graduate of North Attleborough High School. During his time as a student, he played soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. Upon his graduation from Quinnipiac University, he returned to North Attleborough High School as an English teacher and assistant soccer coach in 2021.

Since then, Burdick has continued developing in his role as a teacher, coach and creator of the NAHS broadcast studio. As the creator of the NAHS broadcast studio, he has spearheaded the Rocket Report Morning Show and supported student learning in a range of other broadcast journalism capacities. Outside of the studio, Burdick has also served as a junior varsity hockey and lacrosse coach.

He holds a Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association certification in the Fundamentals of Coaching and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Concussion in Sports certificate.

“It’s a pleasure of mine to welcome Mike, Neil and Dan to their new positions within our athletic department. We have a great student-athlete population that is dedicated to their sports, and I look forward to watching them grow under their new coach’s direction,” said Dr. Schlierf.