The Mystic Valley Regional Charter School has hired Shawn Thornton as its new athletic director. Thornton took over the reins of Mystic Valley’s athletic program on Dec. 1 from Marc Arria, who left to take the athletic director’s position at Winchester High School.
Thornton has an extensive background in the local high school athletics scene. He is a Bridgewater State College graduate. He received his master's degree from Northeastern University. He worked as athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Saint Clement and Pope John.
Thornton has received many awards including: the Ted Damko Award in 2008; Girls Basketball Sportsmanship Award from the Mass.Interscholastic Athletic Association in 2011; District H Athletic Director of Year Award in 2013 and Girls Basketball Sportsmanship Award MIAA CAA - Certified Athletic Administrator in 2013.
Additionally, in 2013 he earned his 100th victory as a girls' basketball coach. His coaching record in the Catholic Central League over the past three seasons (two at Pope John in Everett and one at Saint Clement High School in Medford) is 33-3.
"It is a privilege and honor to be part of a rich and prestigious school that has a great vision and I look forward working with the administration, coaches, parents, and of course, each and every student-athlete," said Thornton, who was a three-sport star at Saint Clement and resides in Medford.