John Habib's City Sports: Ex-West AD says city position unnecessary
“The city doesn’t need an athletic director,” said Harlan, who spent 15 years as athletics director specifically for Manchester High West, a position currently held by Sarah Dumais.
“We have the people in place who can do the job,” he said.
But as “City Hall” columnist Ted Siefer reported in this week’s New Hampshire Sunday News, city schools superintendent Tom Brennan said last week that the school board’s Athletics Committee is scheduled to discuss whether Gosselin’s successor should be full-time or part-time.
Harlan, who headed the West athletics program from 1985-99, said the debate shouldn’t be over whether the position should be full- or part-time; rather it should be over whether the position should exist at all.
As for how three people can handle the budget, Harlan said, “You get what the school board gives you, and you divide the money up evenly among the three athletic directors. There’s no problem there. As for the equipment, we used to have a rotation where, as an example, Memorial would get new uniforms and equipment one year. The following year it would be West’s turn, and the next year Central would get them. The system worked, and all the hand-me-downs went to the JV and freshman programs.”
If the school board decides not to fill Gosselin’s post, Quirk said, the city will need to raise the compensation for the three school ADs.
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ON ANOTHER school topic, Harlan praised the booster clubs for saving the city money over the years.
“Booster clubs are so important, so valuable” he said. “I remember if we had a team that needed warm-ups or jackets after winning a state title, the booster club would provide the money. They have a history of providing money the city doesn’t have to give. They’re wonderful people, many of them parents who put countless hours into making their school the best it can be.”
TWO QUICK baseball notes to pass along: Jutras Post of Manchester will hold its American Legion baseball tryouts on Monday and Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Gill Stadium. And beginning July 26, the Manchester Babe Ruth League will host the 13-year-old New England Regional baseball tournament at Gill. Dates and times will be released shortly.
THE Seacoast United Phantoms men’s soccer team makes its only appearance in Manchester tonight when it hosts Vermont Voltage in a Premier Development League game at 8 p.m. Youth players under the age of 18 who compete for the Manchester Soccer Club or Seacoast Express United team will receive free admission to the match at Southern New Hampshire University. Admission is $5 for adults. The Phantoms will host a children’s soccer clinic on the field at halftime.