Karl Fogel, former head men's basketball coach of Northeastern University, will take over as the new athletic director at Westwood High, starting July 1, said Superintendent Paul Ash.
replaces John Palmer, whose contract was not renewed.
"When I saw the opening, I jumped at the chance," said Fogel
home in Clinton."I'm looking forward to it.Westwood is a town committed to athletics, and it's going to be fun to be involved with that."
"He has extensive experience at the high school and college level," Ash said of the decision to hire Fogel
..."I am convinced that (Fogel) will be an advocate of all boys and girls sports," he said. Fogel has a good knowledge of the area, having lived in Walpole for 15 years while he worked at Northeastern.
"I drove threw (Westwood) every day for 15 years," said Fogel
...Fogel is currently the athletic director and academic support coordinator at Littleton High School.One of his early jobs was head of the math department at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston.
But the Brooklyn native made his
name at Northeastern
served as the top assistant to Jim Calhoun for seven years, helping recruit All-American standout Reggie Lewis to Huntington Avenue as the Huskies qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times in six years. When Calhoun went to the University of Connecticut, Fogel became NU's head coach in 1986, leading the Lewis-led Huskies to the NCAAs for the fourth consecutive season.
After the 27-7 campaign, Fogel
was named North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. He
guided the Huskies to one more trip to the big dance, in 1991, when they went 22-11.But Fogel
was released by the university after the 1994 season, leaving with a 131-103 career mark in his
then took the head men's coaching job at Division II Mercyhurst College
in Erie, Pa., where he
coached for eight years, posting a 106-106 career record, before being released after the 2003 season. Fogel
longed to return to Massachusetts and decided to take the AD job at Littleton last summer.
"Littleton is a great community, but (Westwood) is a big time opportunity, and a little more exciting athletically," said Fogel
."Their league (the Tri-Valley) is a nice league, with a lot of schools pretty similar in size.
"You don't way to change jobs every year," Fogel
added, "but it's nice to get new challenges, and this will be a new, exciting challenge for me." He
will be challenged from the start, trying to grapple with the facility problems Wolverine programs are currently facing.
"There's a lot of work to be done," said Fogel
."The fields are going to be on the site of the old high school, so for now we're going to have to borrow time at some facilities.It's going to be a big problem...but it's a place where you can make you mark.There's a lot of planning for the future." Fogel
also said that, at this time, he
has no plans to re-enter coaching."It's very difficult to coach and also be an athletic director," said Fogel
."It doesn't do the job justice." Fogel has a bachelor's degree in economics from Colby College and master of business administration from Northeastern University.He
will be paid more than $84,000.He
wife, Nancy, have two children - Leslie, a senior at Mercyhurst, and Mark, a freshman at Salem State College