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May 15, 2014

St. Pierre to succeed Sullivan as Danvers athletic director

There’s nothing quite like coming home again, and Andy St. Pierre couldn’t be happier to be doing so this summer.

St. Pierre will take over as athletic director at his native Danvers High School beginning July 1. He was selected from a deep applicant pool that yielded a dozen interviews for the search committee and will be taking over for the retiring John Sullivan, who took the post in the fall of 2003.

“It’s very exciting for me. My family is excited too. Danvers is a really solid district with a great staff that is very positive and supportive,” said St. Pierre, who grew up in town and graduated from St. John’s Prep in 1999.

St. Pierre, 33, is serving as business manager at St. Joseph Prep in Boston, where he also served as an assistant football coach. He graduated from Harvard University in 2003 and worked for Boston College as their assistant business manager as well.

“Andy is the best person to take Danvers High athletics to the next level,” said high school principal Susan Ambrozavitch. “In his interview, he talked about the importance of the total student-athlete over and over. That’s what his primary focus is — the betterment of the student-athlete.”

Danvers is in the process of renovating Dr. Deering Stadium and adding field turf, and their recently opened high school building is a tremendous asset, facility-wise. The modern athletic director balances scheduling, budgeting and sports information, among other responsibilities, and St. Pierre said his focus will always remain on his athletes first.

“When you break it all down, at the end of the day, it’s about those student-athletes. At a place like Danvers, that’s strong athletically and academically, you don’t have to come in and make a lot of changes. They’ve done a lot right,” said St. Pierre. “It’s about a positive experience for the student-athletes, and with all the technology or administrative work that evolves, that’s one thing that doesn’t change.”

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