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Springfield new AD at Conant

  • Dave Springfield will return to Conant athletics — this time, as the athletic director. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:22AM

David Springfield is returning to the world of Conant sports — this time, as the athletic director.

“I’m extremely excited,” Springfield said. “I haven’t really felt this excited in a long time about a career change.”

Springfield is a Conant High School graduate who was a member of the Orioles’ first basketball championship team in 1985. He served two tenures as head girls’ basketball coach for Conant, most recently coaching a team led by daughter Maddy to an undefeated championship season in 2015 and then back to the Final Four in 2016. At the same time, Springfield, who teaches at ConVal during the day, coached the Cougars’ girls’ soccer team. Those past few years were so emotionally draining, he said, that he was happy to take a step back from the coaching world.

“I just always had a passion for coaching,” Springfield said, “and I think once I started losing that passion for coaching, I was looking for another way to reach the athletes and help them in other ways. When the athletic director job opened up, it was almost like it was meant to be, I really felt that way, like it was meant to be.”

He’ll step down from the girls’ soccer job and go part-time teaching at ConVal as he takes on this new role as the Jaffrey-Rindge School District’s athletic director.

Springfield’s one-year contract with the district will pay him $31,365, with his tenure beginning Aug. 1. Superintendent Reuben Duncan said it is common practice to offer the position annual contracts.

“What most impressed me about David it that he focused every part of our conversation on the students,” said Duncan, who said about 20 applied for the job. “For him, it’s all about the students and his desire to support the district’s culture and environment.”

Duncan said there will likely be conversations this budget season about the merits of upgrading the athletic director position to full-time.

Springfield will be the district’s seventh athletic director since 2007. The district’s most recent athletic director, Dan Bemis, left the district to become Rindge’s recreation director, a full-time position. Bemis told the Ledger-Transcript that he would have stayed with the district if the position was full-time.

Former Mascenic Regional High School Principal Thomas Marshall served as an interim director for a couple months to close out the 2016-17 school year.