After 12 years at the helm of Fairhaven High School athletics, the hours and duties became untenable for Scott Francis, and on Monday he offered his resignation effective at the end of the school year.
“There was not enough time in the job to do everything the right way,” he said. “It’s a difficult position. I’m not going to lie.”
Francis will stay on as a math teacher at the school and said he’s considering getting back into coaching.
But mostly he’s looking forward to more time with his family, including wife Tracey, and daughters Neely and Carlie. Neely will be a freshman at Fairhaven in the fall and Carlie will attend Hastings Middle School.
“I really enjoyed the job,” Francis said. “Next year, I’ll still be at the softball games, I just won’t have to be there. I still enjoy watching the kids play. I enjoy sports too much not to be around. I’ll still be their No. 1 fan.”
Francis has spent the last 21 years as either a coach or athletic director in the area. He spent nine years as girls lacrosse coach at Bourne before coaching the sport for 12 years at Fairhaven. He also served as Blue Devils head football coach for three seasons.
“We certainly thank him for his many years of service to the students and athletic program,” said Fairhaven principal Andy Kulak. “We look forward the possibilities this change will bring to our school and the district.”
Francis expressed frustration with the position only being part-time at Fairhaven, noting that New Bedford High has a full-time athletic director and even a secretary.
“There’s just not enough hours to do the job effectively, for me at least,” he said. “The idea of a part-time athletic director, in my eyes, is ridiculous.”
Francis said the hardest part of the decision, which he had been considering for a couple of years before making it official on Monday, was the student-athletes, coaches and athletic director colleagues.
“I met a lot of good people among the other athletic directors across the state,” he said. “I’ll miss that.”
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