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VA Welcomes New Athletic Director

With the retirement of long time Athletic Director Jim Peters, Vermont Academy recently announced the hiring of Mike Atkins as new AD of the Saxtons River school.

Originally from Brattleboro, Mike was an All-State football player and participated in the VT\NH Shriner's maple Sugar Bowl game, before attending the University of Maine, where he also played football for the Black Bears.

After receiving his BS degree in Education, Atkins attended Springfield College and earned a Masters of Education in athletic administration. Mike also coached one year of football at the college level for St. Lawrence University in 1995.

Atkins had spent the previous 23 years as Associate director of athletics (four years) and Athletic Director (15 years) at Northfield Mount Herman School in Northfield, MA.

Along with his athletic director duties at Mt. Heroman, Atkins was also the head football coach for 18 years and head boy's lacrosse coach for 20.

During his tenure, his lacrosse teams won multiple New England Championships and he was also named New England Secondary School Lacrosse Coaches Association Coach of the Year, as well as the Housen Coaching Award for his overall contributions to the athletic program.

Atkins also has experience in strength and conditioning, having achieved CSCS certifications in personal training and strength and conditioning, as well as a Level 1 Olympic Lifting Certification by the USOC.

Atkins and his wife Anne have two children, Corey 15 and George 13.

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