New Athletic Director hits the ground running

The newly hired Dartmouth Athletic Director Andrew Crisafulli is adjusting well to his new position. Mr. Crisafulli has “great respect for Dartmouth,” he said proudly while sitting in the Athletic Department office with the Dartmouth Indians flag resting behind him. 

Mr. Crisafulli had a “great high school athletic experience,” playing football, baseball, and basketball for Case High School, graduating in the Class of 1995, and he had the opportunity to play collegiate baseball for Quinnipiac University. Mr. Crisafulli also attended Bridgewater State University where he studied physical education and graduated in 2000. He received his Master’s degree in Health Education from Cambridge College in 2011. 

Mr. Crisafulli has been in education for 20 years, teaching high school health at Bridgewater-Raynham High School and B.M.C Durfee High School. He was also a middle school physical education teacher in Somerset, the K-12 department head of Health and Physical Education, and the former Athletic Director at Case High School for seven years, before coming to Dartmouth. 

Since high school athletics brought him a great amount of joy and opportunities, he wishes to “create the same experience” for student athletes as his role as an Athletic Director. Mr. Crisafulli finds joy in watching the development of student athletes throughout their high school career, and he hopes to make athletics an “integral part of the high school experience” for athletes at DHS. 

As the new athletic director in Dartmouth, Mr. Crisafulli hopes to develop a Student Leadership Council, which resembles a Captain’s Council, with students discussing issues and goals throughout Dartmouth Athletics. He is also working on establishing a website for the athletic department. This is being designed to help student athletes, parents, and the athletic department with scheduling. Mr. Crisafulli is projecting the website to be launched for the start of the winter sports season of the 2019-20 school year. 

Mr. Crisafulli looks forward to the conclusion of the fall sports season, as varsity teams are getting into the MIAA State Tournament, adding that Dartmouth has “a lot of competitive teams.” Varsity girls volleyball, field hockey, and soccer have qualified for post season, as boys football and soccer look to qualify in the last few weeks of regular season. 

 At times when the job as the athletic director can become difficult and whenever Mr. Crisafulli is working directly with student athletes, he reminds himself why he is in a position to impact the athletic experience of kids, because he said, “It’s not about me, it’s about them.”