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RMHS Athletic Director Leaving in June

Athletic Director Phil Vaccaro's career at RMHS will be over in June.

Athletic Director Phil Vaccaro has been in his current position since 1994, but according to Superintendent John Doherty, Vaccaro submitted a letter of intent to retire last week.

When asked about the situation, Vaccaro said, “I have nothing to say.”

According to the Boston Globe, Vaccaro sent an email to fellow MIAA District B athletic directors and asked them to watch for any athletic director or assistant athletic director positions. He was also interested in "a job with a foundation that raises money for cancer, educational athletics, or improving values - I would love to investigate it.''

In a press release, Doherty said, "First and foremost, I want to thank Mr. Vaccaro for his many years as an educator in the Reading Public Schools and his 18 years as Athletic Director. Phil has been instrumental in not only strengthening our athletic program but also instilling character and sportsmanship with our students. Phil’s leadership has touched so many students, staff, and community members, and I know that the entire school district is grateful for his commitment and dedication over the years."

Doherty told Patch that he would like to have a replacement for Vaccaro by the end of June so that person could start on July 1.

"As we begin the search for a leader to fill this important role for our high school and for our community, we welcome your input. Soon, we will release details on the selection process and screening committee. If you are interested in serving on the screening committee, please contact Elizabeth Conway, Human Resources Administrator, at 781-944-5800," Doherty said in a press release.

liam o'connell April 05, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Perhaps people use fake names so they can't be harrassed by a family friend with ties to the reading police department. You may see him as a great man and are blinded with loyalty. Be a good friend and let him use the critism to grow as a leader and teacher. Sit him down and say "watch the way you talk to people".
Kat S April 05, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I think we need to listen to LIam and to others that did not have the same experience with PV. I do think he treated "some" athletes/students" great but he treated many others poorly. I don't think he deserves as much credit as he is being given for the success of the sports teams most of the coaches I know have been in place a long time and developed the programs themselves. I would like someone to ask him why the freshman girls lacrosse team is practicing on a piece of gravelly dirt...a PATCH of DIRT with no goals and no real field while all 3 boys teams have the fields locally? The JV girls are schleping to Parker. Fros. have their first game today and they never even had a goal or field to practice one.....shouldn't an AD do something about that?
Paul McCarthy April 05, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Joe Veno, This is a story/ topic regarding Reading Memorial High School !! Reading not North Reading! Get it !!! You don't have a dog in this fight,so stop butting in. Please stay on the N.Reading Patch.
Ron Powell April 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
He is right, though, about the anonymous commenters.
Paul McCarthy April 05, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Ron, I agree. But he should stick with North. Reading issues........
liam o'connell April 05, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Bob your son was a soccer star and friends with the vacarros so of course you have nothing but nice things to say. I'm glad phil treated your son well but wish he would have been just as nice to every other student regardless of which sport they played or how many games they won.
Dave Miskinis April 05, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Very spirited conversation on this matter. I've always been curious as to how much influence the AD has over the success of the sports teams, in any town. Reading has had tremendous success on average over the years I've been here. It will be interesting to see how that changes, if at all. I really don't know PV at all but I do wish him the best. I'm sure he'll land a good opportunity.
Joe Veno April 05, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Paul, Sorry if it offends you that I am speaking in favor of Phil. I worked with Phil for many years in Reading and I will not stand by and watch people attack his good name without saying something. And one more thing Paul, even if we still had seperate pages on Patch I would be commenting on this issue. I made many comments on the old Reading Patch. Paul In closing i would respectfully say If you do not like what I post on Patch, do not read it because I am not going away. Have a great day..
Joe Veno April 05, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Thank you Ron.
Joe Veno April 05, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Liam, i did see any post on here where people were called liars?
liam o'connell April 06, 2012 at 01:16 AM
sorry joe "phil don't listen to this garbage". You did not say the actual word liar but that's how I took it. Either you think I'm a liar or you defend him in the awful things he said while I was one of his student athletes. Either way your dead wrong sir. You are what kids on the internet call a "troll".
Joe Veno April 06, 2012 at 01:25 AM
liam. Where did you come up with that quote? Show it to me word for word. You can't because it is not in any of the posts. Are you dreaming these words up or what? You read something and then change the words to say what you want them to say, If you are going to quote people please use the words they use. And you call me a "troll"?.
liam o'connell April 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Joe reread your post from april 4 at 650.
liam o'connell April 06, 2012 at 01:39 AM
"Phil pay not attention to all this garbage". Sorry I will cut and paste for now on.
Ted Sheckler April 06, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Hey Redsox15 not sure if you know this but just because Nick Face possibly might have a degree in communications someday in the future doesn't mean he really knows how to communicate. For instance when the words I am applying for the job of athletic director at the high school come out of his mouth he really means I am going to drop out when people start talking about it. I guess he can just stick to wrecking kids dreams. Hey he can use his degree in communications to mow people's yards.
Joe Veno April 06, 2012 at 09:31 AM
Liam, Finally you are correst. that is what I said. Now I will cut and paste for you. "phil don't listen to this garbage". this is what you said. April 5th 916 pm. Sorry Liam I am correct again you read what I wrote and said what you wanted it ot say.
Readingcares April 06, 2012 at 01:22 PM
.....and even entertaining a Reading resident as the new RMHS AD would be an epic step backwards.
liam o'connell April 06, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Joe is there a difference between "don't listen to this garbage" and "pay not attention to all this garbage"? When you call words people write "garbage" is "garbage" not a replacement for lies? If not please explain how you intended the word "garbage" to come across.
DAP April 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
When is the patch going to get a like button. Because i like this.
Uncle Paul April 06, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I think that Carl should get the job he seems more qualified than this Nick Face kid.
Sarah Larson Fennelly April 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Hey, just a thought, how about you two exchange email addresses and continue this arguement about the way something was worded IN PRIVATE!!! And leave this forum for what it is supposed to be; comments about an article. Thank you.
Joe Veno April 06, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Liam, The issue was not the word garbage. The issue was I did not say what you said I did. It is right there in print.
Joe Veno April 07, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Yea we will move off of here so here is more room for people to bash Phil. I don't think so.....
SMS April 07, 2012 at 12:46 AM
I pray Carl McFadden isnt even in consideration.
liam o'connell April 07, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Here we go round in circles....I apologized for misquoting yesterday would you have me do it again? Sorry sorry sorry. Now that you have schooled me in the english letter can we get back to what you consider garbage about the comments above.
Joe Veno April 07, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Liam, I conside the bashing of Phil garbage.
Kat S April 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
What does it say about a grown adult who is perpetuating an argument with a kid in a public forum? Joe, why not help your friend Phil by not responding....your making yourself look Liam's age and frankly not really doing much for Phil either.
liam o'connell April 07, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Me and joe are stubborn and neither of us will change our opinion so I will stop arguing with him. Had phil been great to all of us there would be no bashing of him by students and parents in reading. I will join sides with joe against anyone who wants to blame phil for substance abuse problems in town but can't change the fact that phil has no filter in his mouth and said embarrasing things to myself and other kids without being provoked.
Chip Chipperson April 07, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I am going to make fun of him to his pig fat down syndrome face.
Ashley Troutman April 07, 2012 at 09:01 PM
As a reminder, please be civil when commenting on Patch. We are closing comments on this article.

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