Kara Carlin

I have some exciting news to share with all of you. After a national search

that yielded an impressive group of finalists, I’m pleased to announce that

Kara Carlin, currently the Athletic Director at St. Timothy’s School, will be

our next Athletic Director, beginning July 1, 2017. The parents, students,

coaches, teachers, and staff who met with Kara during this process were

struck by her record of achievement in her decade at St. Tim’s, her deep

concern for student-athletes, her energy and enthusiasm, and the high

regard in which she is held by her peers (she is a two-time IAAM Athletic

Director of the Year). Kara, as the parent of two Friends Middle School

students, is familiar to and familiar with our community and with its values,

which, along with the assistance of her future colleagues, is sure to make

for a smooth transition. We will provide opportunities for families to meet

with Kara during the spring and summer.

Please join me in thanking the Search Committee that led this process;
the clerk, Steve McManus, Bill Ball, Jay Golon, Will Marbury, Stephanie

McLoughlin, Amy Mortimer, Schoen Oakes, Michael Paulson, Priyanka

Rupani, Judy Sandler, Janelle Schmidt, and Liz Vaught. Together,

assisted mightily by Jaime Stup, they put in countless hours of work to

bring us to this point, and they have truly earned our collective gratitude.
I offer my thanks as well to all those who met with candidates, attended
the fall focus groups with the search firm, and otherwise contributed to
the process.

This announcement provides an opportune moment to update you on the

other work that is happening around Friends Athletics. We have recently

completed a comprehensive review of our athletic program and have

identified strengths as well as areas for growth across five specific topics:

Athletic Philosophy; Access and Equity; Recruiting, Mentoring and

Retaining High-Quality Coaches; Athletic Facilities; and Care and

Prevention of Athletic Injuries. This work, undertaken by more than fifty

parents, alumni, and employees over 4 months, will help ensure a clear set

of priorities when Kara Carlin assumes her role as Athletic Director in July.

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