David Shapiro has been hired as the new athletic administrator at Greely High School in Cumberland, ending a seven-year stint as athletic director and assistant principal at Hampden Academy.
Shapiro’s hiring was approved Monday by the SAD 51 board of directors. He replaces Mike Griffin, who had held the post Greely since 2005.
Shapiro had been at Hampden Academy since the start of the 2004-05 school year, coming to Eastern Maine after a stint as director of student activities at Wells High School.
Shapiro also served as the Broncos’ varsity baseball coach for three seasons from 2005 through 2007.
“It was great to be able to work with some great veteran coaches like Dick Balentine and coach (Harry) McCluskey and coach (Russ) Bartlett,” said Shapiro of his tenure at Hampden. “There are a lot of coaches here who do the right things for the kids, and that made it fun for me. They also ask their kids to conduct themselves well, and that’s why we were able to rake in quite a few sportsmanship awards along the way.”
Shapiro also recalled fondly the championship runs enjoyed by several Hampden Academy teams, as well as the opportunity to host state championship games for schools from other classes, particularly in soccer, on the artificial turf field at the Weatherbee Complex in Hampden.
“I’ve never made it up to Fort Kent, but I think I’ve met everyone from there because they brought the whole town down when they played here,” said Shapiro. “Some of those championship games were just electric.”
Shapiro, the father of young triplets, said family considerations played a significant role in his pursuit of the Greely job. His wife is originally from South Portland and his parents live in New Hampshire, and the desire to bring the family closer together geographically was a major reason Shapiro chose to return to southern Maine.
His resignation from Hampden Academy was effective in mid-June, before he landed the Greely job.
“We kind of took a leap of faith,” he said.
Greely is a school of approximately 700 students that competes in Western Maine Class B in most sports. Shapiro said approximately 70 percent of the student body there participates in athletics.
“There are fields galore there, all the teams have practice facilities as well as game sites, and the school also has a great relationship with the Twin Brook Recreation Area (a local cross country skiing and running facility) and with the (Cumberland) rec department,” said Shapiro. “It’s just an outstanding school.”
Hampden Academy has been advertising in recent weeks for an assistant principal/athletic administrator to replace Shapiro, but has yet to fill the position.