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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

O'Brien to lead Nashoba athletics


The Nashoba Regional school district is placing a greater emphasis on its sports program, as evidenced by its recent decision to hire 33-year-old Tom O'Brien as a full-time athletic director.

O'Brien comes to Nashoba from Merrimack College, where he's served as an assistant athletic director.

In past years, Nashoba's athletic director focused solely on the high school program, in addition to holding other responsibilities as a vice principal.

But O'Brien will be responsible for athletics only. He'll also be responsible for the entire district, overseeing the pre-high school athletic programs as well.

That's a change for the district that includes the towns of Berlin, Bolton, Lancaster and Stow.

"The biggest thing for me is that I'm looking forward to dealing with the student-athlete at a different point in their development," said O'Brien, who resides in Methuen. "I've worked in college athletics for the last 11 years and loved the experience. But I'm ready for a change, working with student-athletes at a younger age."

It's been an eventful three weeks for O'Brien, a native of upstate New York. In addition to landing the new job, he was married three weeks ago.

"I've been on a personal whirlwind," he said. "It's been an exciting time in my life."

--Mike Reiss

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