In May, Asheville School announced that alumnus Carl Boland '99 was named the new athletic director for the 2016-17 academic year. Now that July is here, Boland has arrived to campus and is in full swing preparing for the start of the fall season.
Boland's first priority is ensuring coaches and staff are supported and prepared to start pre-season training which is coming up fast, with the football team arriving on campus on August 14.
There is a lot to do, but Boland is confident that the upcoming season will run smoothly. He is taking over this position from Chapman Davis, who will continue to coach and teach at Asheville School. Boland is grateful for her help in his transition to the role, and for the programming she established in her time as athletic director. "There has been a lot of great work going on down here in the last decade," he said. "I look forward to building on that."
Boland plans to listen to feedback on programming and learn from students, coaches, and faculty members. He wants to ensure solid programs continue to thrive and help create changes in areas that need strengthening to better meet the needs of the Asheville School community. "I'm looking forward to affecting policy, supporting our coaches and helping develop their skillset," Boland said. "I know this school well and I believe in the mission of this school."
Boland is excited to settle in on campus, and he is looking forward to meeting more of the community, seeing familiar faces, and getting to know students. In addition to leading the athletics department, Boland will also teach Ancient Studies and coach varsity boys' basketball.
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 including Asheville School, Durham Academy, and Norfolk Academy.