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Jul
9

Christian Schatz Named Feehan Athletic Director

Former boys lacrosse and girls soccer coach will lead thriving Shamrocks sports programs.

ATTLEBORO, MA – Bishop Feehan High School is proud to announce that long-time teacher and coach Christian Schatz has  assumed the athletic director role for the Shamrocks, effective July 1, 2019.

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Schatz takes the primary leadership position  in a thriving Shamrock athletic program. More than 700 Feehan students participate in 25 interscholastic athletic programs, and the school sponsors 49 teams across the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels. As a full-time athletic director, Schatz will relinquish his boys lacrosse and girls soccer coaching responsibilities.

"We couldn't be happier than to have Coach Schatz moving up to the athletic director role," said Feehan President Tim Sullivan.  "He's been an excellent teacher, coach and role model here for a decade, and he's more than prepared for this next leadership challenge.""Feehan has a robust, highly competitive sports program with winning teams at almost every level in nearly every sport offered by the MIAA and more.  Coach Schatz will help ensure that our student-athletes continue to receive the kind of support they need for the long term."  

Schatz has worked at Feehan since 2011, serving as a full-time member of the school’s social studies faculty and working in athletics as the boys varsity lacrosse head coach and a girls varsity soccer assistant coach. Schatz’s lacrosse teams won 100 games over the past eight seasons and seven Eastern Athletic Conference championships. In 2018, he led the boys and girls lacrosse programs into a partnership with Friends of Jaclyn, a national organization that pairs high school and college sports team with children battling pediatric cancers.

“I have always wanted to serve as a high school athletic director, and I’m honored that my opportunity is here at Bishop Feehan,” said Schatz. “Feehan has a strong legacy of athletic excellence, not just through winning championships but in modeling good sportsmanship, one of our community’s most important values. I can’t wait to begin working with our outstanding, mission-focused coaches and our talented student-athletes to build on that tradition and help our programs grow in exciting ways.”

Schatz is a graduate of LaSalle Academy in Providence, R.I., and received a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. He holds master’s degrees in education from Providence College and in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

Schatz replaces Gary Doherty, who served as both athletic director and varsity football head coach. Bryan Pinabell has joined Feehan as its varsity football head coach and a member of the school’s social studies faculty.  A search for a new boys varsity lacrosse head coach will commence this summer.

Schatz lives in North Providence, R.I., with his wife and two children.

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