Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Providence Day AD David Ahern to resign

After just one year as the athletic director at Providence Day School, David Ahern will step down at the end of the school year.

Ahern will be leaving at the end of his contract in June to become the national marketing director at Universal Property and Casualty Insurance Company. Ahern said he wasn’t looking for a new opportunity but couldn’t pass this one up when it was presented to him.

“I love it here at Providence Day, but at this time in my life you look at things,” he said. “I’ll probably never get this opportunity again so I’ve got to give this a shot.”

Ahern, 50, whose youngest son, Patrick, is a sophomore on the junior varsity lacrosse team at Providence Day, said he would be staying in Charlotte and wants to stay involved with the school as a part of the booster club or the chain crew at football games.

Ahern took over the position last July when Barbara Fricke retired after 19 years as athletic director.
Ahern came to Providence Day from St. Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla., with 26 years of athletic director experience. He had also coached basketball, football, lacrosse and golf.

Under Ahern, Providence Day won its first football state championship in 25 years. The Chargers also won state championships in cross country, girls’ tennis and girls’ basketball this year.

“I’m proud of being part of (Providence Day) for one year,” said Ahern. “It has been great.”

-- Corey Inscoe (South Charlotte News, newsofsouthcharlotte.com)