Calling it the opportunity of a lifetime, Lynn native Craig Genualdo has begun his new position as athletic director at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School in Hamilton.
Genualdo returns to the North Shore after serving six years as athletic director and dean of students at Trinity Catholic High School in Newton. He previously served as athletic director at Maimonides School in Brookline.
Genualdo took office on Aug. 24, succeeding Don Doucette, who became athletic director at Andover High School. Genualdo was selected from a field of 120 applicants for the position, according to the Hamilton-Wenham Chronicle.
“I’m just overjoyed to be the new athletic director at Hamilton-Wenham,” said Genualdo. “The faculty, coaching staff, the support staff, the kids – they’re absolutely amazing. The facilities are amazing. The passion of the coaches I met is amazing. I can’t wait to get to know our student-athletes better and watch them compete on the field.”
Genualdo will oversee a comprehensive athletic program that field teams (nicknamed the Generals) in several sports, including boys and girls lacrosse. Hamilton-Wenham has a cooperative team with Salem in boys hockey. Surprisingly Hamilton-Wenham does not field a softball team, but Genualdo hopes to restore that program this spring.
“Hamilton-Wenham has everything I could possibly want in a school as an athletic director,” said Genualdo. “Their success and tradition are everything I could hope for. Everybody I’ve met has been extremely helpful and I want to do the athletic program proud.”
Genualdo will be the school’s full-time athletic director. His responsibilities will include managing the user fee program.
Genualdo grew up in Lynn and attended Aborn Elementary School and Pickering Junior High. His parents, Ciro and Linda still reside in Lynn.
He graduated in 1994 from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, where he played varsity football and baseball. Genualdo went on to earn a walk-on spot in the Boston College football program, competing for three seasons.
Genualdo and his wife, Danielle, live in Amesbury and have two sons, Drew, 7, and Logan, 3.
“My son [Drew] has been in Amesbury Little League for two years,” said Genualdo. “He also plays in Amesbury Youth Hockey and may be starting flag football this fall.”
His enthusiasm for his new job at Hamilton-Wenham is noticeable. One of the advantages will be a shorter commute to work.
“This is the job of a lifetime,” said Genualdo. “This is the job that once you get it, you don’t ever want to leave. Hamilton and Wenham are wonderful communities with great people. I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel. I’m just looking to continue the school’s success and if there’s a place here or there we can make some improvements and changes, I’m hoping to do that. I’m very humbled and honored to be a part of it.”