Elise Britt, a health teacher and coach from Saratoga Springs City School District, has been named Schodack CSD’s new athletic director.

Ms. Britt will succeed Dave Austin who has taken an athletic director position with Mohonasen Central School District. Ms. Britt, who will start Oct. 22, will also teach physical education at Maple Hill.

“I’m excited to be a part of a community that has such a successful athletic program and look forward to continuing that tradition,” said Ms. Britt. “I’m also excited to get to teach because I love interacting with students.”

Ms. Britt has spent the past four years teaching health at Saratoga Springs Middle School where she also coached modified field hockey and was an assistant varsity lacrosse coach. She previously taught elementary physical education at Queensbury Union Free School District and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District.

Ms. Britt explained that one of her goals is to help students develop not only athletically but also as a whole person. That involves talking about topics such as mental health, which coaches can help with because they are such good role models for student athletes, Ms. Britt explained.

Superintendent Jason Chevrier noted that Ms. Britt’s experience and ideas made her an excellent fit for Schodack CSD.

“Elise impressed us throughout the interview process. Her philosophy and examples of leadership clearly align with our expectations at Maple Hill and she shares similar core values,” said Mr. Chevrier. “I believe she will come with some new ideas and help us to continue to improve our athletic program.”

Mr. Chevrier also praised Mr. Austin for his four years as athletic director and 13 years as a teacher at Schodack CSD. Mr. Austin also coached half a dozen sports over his tenure.

“Dave is a Maple Hill guy through and through. He has done some tremendous work as athletic director. He has set the bar high for years to come for what we expect from our student athletes. We wish him well in his new position,” said Mr. Chevrier.