Nick Raymond’s daily commute to work just got a lot shorter.
The Hampden resident, who has served as the assistant principal and athletic director at Ridge View Community School in Dexter and the former Dexter Middle School for the last five years, has been named to the same posts at Hampden Academy.
Raymond was one of “15 to 20” applicants for the opening, according to SAD 22 assistant superintendent Emil Genest, and final approval came at Wednesday night’s meeting of the local school board.
“The experience he already has in the AD/AP role certainly helped him,” said Genest, one of five members of the interview committee that recommended Raymond to superintendent of schools Rick Lyons.
Raymond replaces David Shapiro, who resigned in June after seven years at the school and since has been hired as athletic administrator at Greely High School in Cumberland.
Raymond already is quite familiar with Hampden Academy, both as a resident of the community and as a former math teacher at the school for two years before taking the Dexter post.
Genest said Raymond’s job will be “90 percent as an AD, 10 percent as an AP,” similar to Shapiro’s role in the same post.
“He’s going to hit the ground running,” Genest said. “We’re excited to have Nate on board as part of our administrative team.”
Raymond, also a veteran sports official in the area, will start his new job Aug. 15 in the shadows of the ongoing construction of a new Hampden Academy.
That construction project, which will include updated athletic facilities and additional sports fields, is about 60 percent complete, Genest said. Students are scheduled to move into the new school in September 2012.
Ted Rioux, who coached the Waterville Senior High School girls basketball team to consecutive Class B state championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009, is leaving that post to become the new women’s basketball coach at Thomas College of Waterville.
The 41-year-old Rioux, who will continue to teach in the Waterville school system, guided the Purple Panthers to an 84-23 record in five seasons, including 13-1 in tournament play. Under Rioux’s guidance Waterville also won three straight Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championships, and at one point won 67 consecutive games.
Rioux came to Waterville after serving as girls varsity basketball coach at Belfast Area High School from 2001 through 2006. During that tenure he led the Lions to their first winning season, five consecutive postseason appearances and the 2004 KVAC Class B championship.
Rioux’s Belfast teams compiled a 62-38 overall record.
A 1993 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Rioux replaces Joy Charles, who guided Thomas to an 8-15 overall record last winter, including a 6-8 mark in North Atlantic Conference play.
Rioux officially will begin his duties with the Terriers on Aug. 15.