The search for a new athletic director is underway after Don Doucette announced he is making the switch from the Generals to the Golden Warriors.
Doucette, 60, is the newest athletic director at . He will leave his post as athletic director at on Aug. 20.
“I’m very happy about where the program is at in Hamilton-Wenham; we have done a lot of positive things,” he said in an interview with Andover Patch last week.
Hamilton-Wenham Superintendent Michael Harvey said that Interim High School Principal John Hughes will lead the search for Doucette's replacement.
Harvey said Hughes is in the process of putting together a search committee, Harvey told Hamilton-Wenham Patch.
"I would like to hope that we will have the position filled by Sept. 1," Harvey said.
Doucette served Hamilton-Wenham, a Div. 3 school, for seven years but said he is excited to take the reins at a Division I school.
“I’m coming into a situation with one of the most successful programs around," Doucette said about Andover. “We’ve got some terrific coaches and teams here across the board."
Doucette will be replacing former Andover High Athletic Director .
Doucette said he had his eye on the Andover position throughout the years.
“I almost applied for it last time it was open three or four years ago,” he said. “I decided not to because I hadn’t finished all I had set out to do in Hamilton-Wenham.”
Doucette makes the same move that another top Hamilton-Wenham administrator - Superintendent Marinel McGrath - made more than two years ago when she become superintendent in Andover after leaving Hamilton-Wenham.
Moving on to a bigger program is something Doucette is anticipating with great enthusiasm.
“It’s a big time program, and to me it’s exciting to be able to work with a program like that and make it even better,” he said.
Doucette acknowledged the basketball team’s that took place last summer at and remarked, “Hazing is always a concern.”
“I’ve just been as proactive as I can be with the situation,” he continued.
Part of his plan to thwart hazing at the high school level is keeping everyone involved with the athletic program as informed as possible.
One of Doucette’s most impressive achievements was winning the 1988 NCAA Men’s Division II National Basketball Championship as the head coach at UMass-Lowell.
“I coached for 25 years at the college level in mostly scholarship programs, and that was my pride and joy,” he said.
The River Hawks took down Alabama A&M, Florida Southern, and Alaska-Anchorage to take the title.
“We had six seniors and all six seniors graduated at the same time without needing additional courses over the summer,” Doucette said.