Asheville School has appointed one of its own as the school's Athletic Director for the 2016-17 academic year – Carl F. Boland, Class of 1999.
A former standout football, basketball and baseball letterman for the Asheville School Blues, Boland comes highly respected by his former coaches, classmates, and colleagues.
"Carl Boland understands what it means to lead by example in the context of a close boarding school community," says Head of School Arch Montgomery. "He will be just the kind of triple threat example to our students that we treasure. Carl will be joined by his wonderful wife, Innes Gamble Boland, and his 14-month-old daughter, Mason. Our students are blessed to be in the care of such an impressive family."
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Boland represents the very best of the Asheville School scholar-athlete tradition. Having been an outstanding three sport varsity student at Asheville (football, basketball, baseball) under such legendary coaches as Chuck Carter, Ron Bromley, and Gene Hamilton, Boland has the Blues DNA indelibly imprinted on his character: work hard, play hard, demonstrate strong character through sportsmanship. No one individual could better represent the scholar-athlete ideal to which Asheville School students aspire.
"He's one of the nicest guys that I've ever been connected with in sports," said Ron Bromley, Boland's former football coach at Asheville School. "I'm really happy for him and his family. He's top notch all the way. He's probably one of the best natural athletes who came through Asheville School. His senior year he was captain in three varsity sports."
Boland was on the verge of becoming a starting tight end in football at Furman University before leaving for Chapel Hill to pursue other goals, Bromley said.
What type of athletic director does Bromley think Boland will be at Asheville School?
"He'll be a very firm and strong leader," Bromley said. "Carl always set by example. If someone was having a hard time, he would encourage them and support them in a strong way. He's always been a very thoughtful person, a kind person and looked after his teammates."
Boland says he's eager to return to his alma mater in this new role.
"Innes and I are very excited to join the Asheville School community," Boland said. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with the students, faculty, and administration to continue the long tradition of academic and athletic excellence."
Boland's former Asheville School math teacher, Pam Reid, was thrilled by the news.
"It is the perfect position for him," Reid said. "Carl brings integrity and character and good humor and years of experience with athletics. He brings enthusiasm and joy and Asheville School is blessed that Carl will be returning. Carl will bring to this position the same extraordinary work ethic that he had as a student at Asheville School. I look forward to attending athletic events and cheering him on."
Boland replaces Chapman Davis, who will continue to coach and teach at Asheville School this fall. Boland will live and work on campus, undertake athletic administration and leadership, teach in the Humanities Department, and coach.
Boland graduated from Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in 2003 and earned his Master of Arts in Education in 2009 from Wake Forest University. He has enjoyed extensive coaching, teaching, and administration experience at a variety of fine schools to include Asheville School, Durham Academy, and Norfolk Academy. Moreover, Boland understands first-hand the complexity of running a residential school, having served as an Associate Trustee on the Asheville School Board of Trustees from 2008-2011.