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Hall out as ConVal AD

Officials: Resignation is ‘personnel matter’

PETERBOROUGH — ConVal Athletic Director Jon Hall resigned Monday, two days after he coached the boy’s soccer team in what turned out to be his final game.

ConVal School District officials confirmed the resignation, but have provided little detail on the circumstances that led to Hall’s stepping down.

“Mr. Hall has resigned his position as athletic director and varsity boys soccer coach,” ConVal High School Principal Brian Pickering wrote in an email to the Ledger-Transcript on Tuesday. “This is a personnel matter, therefore, no further questions can be answered or discussed. Our administrative team is working to fill the role of athletic director as soon as possible, and in the interim the CVHS administration will be collaborating to address any and all needs for our programs. Scott Daniels, our boys assistant coach, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the boys soccer season.

When contacted Tuesday, Hall said he had no comment at this time.

On Wednesday, Pickering confirmed that the administrative assistant in the Athletic Department, Mel Keeler, has also resigned. He declined to provide any additional information, again saying it is a personnel issue.

The Ledger-Transcript was unable to contact Keeler for comment on her resignation.

Last weekend, Hall spent Friday night at the school’s football game. On Saturday, he helped with the field hockey and girls soccer games before coaching the boys soccer team, which lost 3-2 in overtime to Lebanon. On Sunday, Hall spent the afternoon at ConVal’s Athletic Hall of Fame third induction ceremony. He had helped create the Hall of Fame and served on the selection committee.

Hall first worked at ConVal from 1994 t0 1999 as a teacher and soccer coach before taking a job at Merrimack High School for the 1999-2000 school year. Hall spent six years at Merrimack, first serving as a teacher and boys soccer coach, and then taking over as the athletic director at the school.

After the 2004-05 school year, Hall applied for the full-time athletic director position at ConVal and he began his second tenure at the school in the fall of 2005. During his time at ConVal, Hall oversaw the installation of lights on the school’s Stadium Field, helped with the plans for the renovated gymnasium and the start of the girls volleyball and girls ice hockey programs.

In 2011, Hall returned to his coaching roots and took over the boys varsity soccer program. In his first year, the Cougars went 10-4-2 in the regular season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. ConVal made the playoffs in Hall’s second year as well, going 8-6-2. This season, the team was 5-3-1 at the time of Hall’s resignation.

Hall served as president of the N.H. Athletic Directors Association for one year, starting on June 1, 2009, and spent the prior year working as the association’s vice president. For the 2009-10 school year, Hall was named the NHADA’s Class I Athletic Director of the Year; he also received the NHADA State Award of Recognition — the highest honor bestowed on an athletic director in the state.

Hall’s annual salary this year was to be $75,200, according to School Superintendent Brendan Minnihan.

On Wednesday, Pickering said the high school’s administrative team is discussing how best to fill the athletic director role. “We are now setting up a plan for moving forward. We’re making sure all the programs are happening as they need to,” he said.

Pickering said the athletic director position includes oversight of all co-curricular activities.

“We have more than 30 different clubs not connected to athletics,” Pickering said. “It’s a challenging job and requires many weekends and nights.”

He said the school may plan to hire an interim athletic director for this year and open a search in the spring, but that decision hasn’t been made.

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