Hoyt to become new MAU athletic director
(editor's note: This story has been updated)
ARLINGTON — The Mount Anthony Union High School made their decision official for the new athletic director.
The board approved the hiring of Arlington athletic director Ashley Hoyt at the school board meeting on Wednesday night. She'll take over for Tim Brown, who is retiring after 30 years as the MAU athletic director.
"It's a lot bigger than Arlington, but I'm ready for a challenge in my career," Hoyt said in an interview on Thursday.
Hoyt is finishing her third year as the athletic director and her sixth year as a physical education teacher at Arlington Memorial High School.
Hoyt, 28, played basketball for four years for the Eagles, finishing her career with 1,330 points and 1,110 rebounds. She averaged a double-double as a senior and was a McDonald's All-American nominee.
She then went to the University of Vermont, playing four years for the Catamounts before coming back to her hometown as a teacher at the high school.
She interviewed for the MAU job, getting to the second round of the process where she had to give a powerpoint presentation on what she would do in the first 100 days if she was chosen for the position. Hours later, she was notified that she was the committee's choice.
"One hundred days is a quick amount of time," Hoyt said. "I want to meet with the coaches, the principals, facilities, all the different departments and see what direction they want to go in. Then I want to be able to build relationships with the student-athletes."
The job signifies a large step-up for Hoyt. Arlington has about 220 students from grades 7-12, while Mount Anthony has more than 900 in the high school alone. But for Hoyt, that's part of the challenge.
"I've always wanted to become a full-time AD, and there's not a need for one in Arlington," said Hoyt, who will make $78,000 in her first year. "I want to be able to build on what Tim has done for the past 30 years."
Hoyt will start at Mount Anthony on July 1.
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