Having an athletic director familiar with the situation and the other members of the CAL should certainly help.
“I’ve been in the league for 14 years and I have an understanding of the issues and I think I’ve built up a trust with people,” said Daileanes. “I’m going to do everything in my power to do what’s best for the Masconomet school system and the athletes. I’m a team player, so I’ll look to do what’s good for the league in general as well. We’ll look to work together for the big picture.”
A former basketball and baseball player at Colby College, Daileanes lives in Amesbury with his wife and children. He grew up in Dracut, attended Central Catholic and got his start as a teacher and part-time athletic director at Dracut before going to Newburyport in 1999.
“I have nothing but great things to say about Newburyport. It was an incredible experience. I started there at age 29 and now I’m 43 and my kids know the Newburyport High building as well as anything,” said Daileanes. “I’m happy, I wouldn’t leave Newburyport for just any thing, but when I got deeper into the process I realized what a great opportunity this was.”
Masconomet, which educates students from Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton, is one of three area schools to offer 24 sports, plus cheering and skiing. The Chieftains have a number of sports playing at three levels (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) and host the co-op for girls hockey that included Newburyport.
“I see that as a draw. It’s something I’m excited about,” Daileanes said of Masco’s variety in athletics.
“The three years I was at Dracut they had an outstanding girls volleyball program, and it’ll be fun to watch that again. There’s a lot of great programs, in addition to the sports I’m used to at Newburyport, and I like that diversity.”