Drouin Officially Named Tewksbury High Athletic Director
Oct 09, 2015 09:47AM
● By Bill Gilman
Making official what has been ,long anticipated, Tewksbury Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor has announced the appointment of longtime baseball coach Ron Drouin as the district's new athletic director/facility manager.
Drouin has served as interim AD for 10 months, taking over the role when Brian Hickey stepped down in December, 2014 due to medical reasons.
"It's an honor to be named AD. We have a tremendous athletic program and some really great coaches," said Drouin. "There have only been five athletic directors in (TMHS) history and I'm looking forward to carrying on the tradition.
A resident of Methuen, Ron and his wife Carol have two daughters and a new puppy. Allyssa, a freshman at Salem State College is also on the Vikings' field hockey team. Ally, a sophomore at Methuen High School, plays soccer for the Rangers.
Drouin has coached the Tewksbury High baseball team for 22 seasons was hired as a physical education teacher at the John F. Ryan Elementary School in 1999.
“It is clear to me that Ronnie is committed to the students and the community of Tewksbury. He works tirelessly to ensure that our student-athletes are well supported, coached, equipped and competitive," wrote Tewksbury High Principal Kristen Vogel, in her letter of reference for Drouin.
While Drouin has some long-term goals for the athletics program, there are also three immediate priorities on his radar.
"I want to get the Hall of Fame re-started. We haven't had a Hall of Fame (class) since 2010," he said. "There are some of our teams that are overdue to have new uniforms. We want to make sure that all our teams have the best resources and equipment we can provide."
Drouin's third priority may seem like the most simple but it might also be the most important. He wants to start a "Captains' Council," made up of captains of all the Redmen teams.
According to Drouin, the council would be a place mentor student-athletes who have been given positions of leadership by their peers and coaches. By providing them with the skills and resources they need, Drouin believes Redmen captains can be better equipped to be effective leaders, not only on the field but in regard to off-field issues such as hazing and substance abuse.
"We've had some teams at schools like Chelmsford and Winthrop that have run into problems recently with serious issues. We want to help our captains be strong leaders on and off the field," said Drouin.
Drouin holds a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) Certification through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, an undergraduate degree from Salem State College, is certified in K-12 Physical Education, and received his Masters of Education from Fitchburg State College in General Education Studies.
Vogel wrote further:
“I have worked with Ronnie for the past six months in his role as interim athletic director at Tewksbury Memorial High School. From day one Ronnie has exhibited his organizational and interpersonal skills. He communicates with me every day about teams, coaches and athletes as well as MIAA changes. He also does not hesitate to call me at night or on the weekends if there is a serious injury to a student-athlete or an incident at a game. Ronnie also communicates thoughtfully and effectively with parents and the community. He recognizes and validates the concerns and worries of parents and community members by listening and is able to build consensus. Ronnie’s ability to organize is essential for an athletic director. “
According to Drouin, a decision has not yet been made as to whether he will stay on as baseball coach now that he has been named athletic director.
Drouin will be foramlly introduced to the School Committee at the Oct. 14 meeting.