Monomoy Hires New District-Wide Athletic Director

CHATHAM — Monomoy Regional School District Supetintendent Scott Carpenter announced today that the district has hired outside the system for a new athletic diector.

Former St. Bernard School (Uncasville, Connecticut) Athletic Director Bernard Case, who resigned on December 31, 2014, was named to take over the position that has been held by Centerville’s Paul “Spanky Demanche since the Monomoy Regional High School opened, as well as the middle school’s athletic director position held by Kathy Andrews. Both Demanche and Andrews will remain with Monomoy as physical education teachers — Demanche at Monomoy Regional High and Andrews at the middle school.

Current Monomoy Regional High School athletic director was not selected as the new regional AD. Sean Walsh/ Sports Photos

Current Monomoy Regional High School athletic director was not selected as the new regional AD.
Sean Walsh/ Sports Photos

Case graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management. After college, he returned to his hometown in Connecticut, to coach basketball and football at Ledyard High School, where he had previously distinguished himself as a student/athlete in his teens. During this time Case also began serving as head coach of the boy’s tennis team at St. Bernard School in Uncasville, Connecticut.

In 2011, Case was hired as the Athletic Director for St. Bernard School, a Catholic school serving students in Grades 6 through 12, at which more than 90% of the students participate in a successful organized sports program. During his tenure as St. Bernard’s Athletic Director, Case had oversight of both the school’s middle school and high school programs. He added new sports and improved on existing ones. He grew the middle school athletics program and fostered co-op partnerships to retain sports that would otherwise not survive in a small school. As the Athletic Director, Case also played a role in capturing many divisional championships. In his role while at Saint Bernard ‘s, Case was also responsible for teaching health and physical education for grades 9 through 12. Case was most recently teaching physical education at Windham Middle School in Willimantic, Connecticut, after stepping down as St. Bernard’s athletic Director last December.

Monomoy created the new District Athletic Director position this year to consolidate the middle school and high school Athletic Director positions into one. Monomoy ‘s administration worked to create a largely cost-neutral district-wide Athletic Director, to provide a consistent vision for athletics across the grades, to grow Monomoy’s athletic program and student participation in sports, to supervise and evaluate all coaching staff, to oversee use of Monomoy’s fields, and to work with parents to form and build an All-Sports Booster program. “

“Case’s work ethic, poise, and enthusiasm, in addition to his experience as Athletic Director at St. Bernard’s, ready him for success at Monomoy,” according to a press release from Carpenter’s office.

Case stated that he is “excited for the opportunity to become the Monomoy Regional Athletic Director. Monomoy has made great progress in the short time since regionalization, and my family and I are excited to join a community that strongly supports both academics and athletics.”

Case is certified as a health and physical education teacher in Connecticut and is in the process of obtaining licensure as both a physical education teacher and supervisor/director in Massachusetts. Case is recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration.

Over the past year, Monomoy Regional has operated with separate athletic directors for the middle school and high school. Paul “Spanky” Demanche has served as a High School Athletic Director and physical education teacher for the past year at Monomoy Regional High School and prior served in a similar capacity for Harwich High School. At the middle school level, Kathy Andrews has been a full-time physical education teacher, who receives a stipend to oversee Monomoy Middle School athletics, in a fashion similar to how she had served as the Athletic Director for Chatham Middle School. Case will now step in as Monomoy’s new District Athletic Director, taking the helm of the middle school and high school athletic programs. He will also be charged with fostering strong connections to the youth sports programs serving Harwich and Chatham.

— Press release provided by Monomoy Regional School District Superintendent Scott Carpenter. Edited by Sports Editor Sean Walsh

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