WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts recently left the district to become the Athletic Director for the Triton Regional School District.
“I would like to thank Wilmington Public Schools for the opportunity to serve as the district’s Director of Athletics, PE & Health for the past 3 years with a special thanks extended to Dr. Brand, Mr. Ruggiero and Ms. Peters for their support and guidance,” Alberts said in a statement to Wilmington Apple. “Thank you to the Wilmington Apple, WCTV, Wilmington Town Crier, Wilmington Sons of Italy, Wilmington Boosters Association, WHS Athletic Alumni Association, Wilmington Buildings & Grounds and Wilmington DPW for their support of WHS Athletics. It has been a pleasure to work alongside the WHS faculty and coaches and I will miss the students, families and community members.”
“I am thrilled that we were successful in securing Tim as our next Athletics Director,” Triton Superintendent Brian Forget told the Newburyport Daily News. “His approach to athletics goes far beyond our student athletes’ success on the field, focusing on who they are as individuals, making the entire experience about growth and development. I am confident that we will all benefit from the addition of Tim to our leadership team.”
“During his three years, Alberts replaced eight head coaches including Cheerleading twice, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, Girls Hockey, Girls Basketball and Football, while during his run most notably the Football and Girls Tennis teams both hosted and won a playoff game/match for the first time in program history,” wrote Town Crier Sports Editor Jamie Pote, who broke the story.
Prior to arriving in Wilmington, Albert served as Matignon Athletic Director for three years, where he received the MIAA Ted Damko Award, given to a new athletic administrator who makes “significant contributions to the league, district and state.”
While at Wilmington, Alberts earned his Certified Master Athletic Administrator level from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of Alberts’ educational background, experience, NIAAA Leadership Courses and professional contributions.
Several coaches responded to comment when news broke of Alberts’ imminent departure.
“I found Tim Alberts to be highly supportive of the Wilmington Boy Tennis program,” said head coach Robert Mailey. “In addition to increasing the budget for indoor practice time and equipment, he was always approachable and in good humor. He was always ready to help and extremely genuine. We will miss Tim and wish him the very best in future endeavors.”
“I want to thank Tim for his unwavering support of the tennis program,” added Girls Tennis Head Coach Matt Hackett. “He supplied us with everything we needed including significant indoor court time which had an extremely positive impact our our program. I wish Tim the best of luck in his new position.”
“Tim has been nothing short of incredible. He is always right there when you need him and went above and beyond for the students and coaches. It would be hard to find a nicer guy or AD. I wish him the best,” shared Girls Freshmen Basketball Coach Charles Cann.
“Tim Alberts and I started the same year, and he was one of the three people to interview me for the Varsity Volleyball coaching position. I was immediately impressed by his calm demeanor, and his warmth and friendliness,” recalled Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Bruce Shainwald. “As an Athletic Director, I appreciated his support, as we worked to grow the program. One of the more difficult issues that we have had to deal with was turnover at the Freshman Coaching position, and Mr. Alberts brought in some great coaches who not only helped the girls learn to play the game, but inspired them to play and have fun. We greatly appreciated Tim’s support of our program, the coaches, and especially the athletes. He was a generous contributor to our annual Dig Pink fundraiser in support of Stage 4 Breast Cancer Patients and their families. We will miss his smiling face at our matches. We wish Mr. Alberts continued success and best of luck in his new position at Triton.”
“I want to extend my thanks to Mr. Alberts for his service and commitment to the Wilmington Public Schools over the last three years and wish him all the very best in his future endeavors,” added Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand in an email to parents.
Brand recently appointed former WHS Athletic Director Ed Harrison (2004-2016) to serve as Interim Athletic Director for the 2019-2020 school year.
“Mr. Harrison retired from the district in July 2016, after serving for 13 years in the role of Director in Wilmington,” said Brand in his announcement. “In addition to his experience in leading the department, Mr. Harrison also served as a coach for multiple varsity teams, as well as a classroom teacher for many years. Based upon his extensive experience and his familiarity with the district, I can’t think of a better person to step into the role and provide stability and consistency to help serve our district during this time of transition.”
A search for Alberts’ permanent replacement will begin in the winter. Brand will announce additional details surrounding the search in the coming months.
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