Lewis Mills AD Dave Tanner moving on to new challenge
BURLINGTON - Lewis Mills athletic director Dave Tanner has decided to move on to the next challenge in his professional life.
After eight years as the AD in Burlington, Tanner is leaving his post at Lewis Mills effective December 6 for an assistant principal position at E.O. Smith High School. The move comes about a year after Tanner had finished work for his administration certificate.
"It is something I always wanted to do," Tanner said. "I like the idea of a new challenge and a new experience. I've been a classroom teacher, I've coached in college now this came along and it is a really good opportunity."
Over the past eight years Tanner has overseen one of the most successful programs in the Berkshire League. The Spartans are perennial contenders in soccer and always seem to be among the better teams in girls basketball, softball, field hockey, volleyball and baseball.
Tanner has also overseen the addition of boys and girls lacrosse and football in recent years.
"Overall I really feel that all of the teams we have are performing well and growing," Tanner said. "The department is healthy and we have a great coaching staff and support staff in place."
It is working with that staff that Tanner will miss most.
"The people I work with here are just wonderful, I've been fortunate to work with so many great people and that is one of the things I will miss most," Tanner said. "Our coaches, our staff, the booster club, there are so many people who work toward the success of the programs here and that's a real strength."
In his new role at E.O. Smith, Tanner is hoping to have a bigger impact academically. Working with the athletes at Mills about the importance of the classroom and having that mindset become part of the Spartans athletic culture is something Tanner takes great pride in.
"I'm really proud of the achievements of our programs across the board, winning is a byproduct of structure and a mindset that is in place," Tanner said. "We have coaches and a staff that offer quality instruction and we have high expectations and standards and the coaches are great at following up to make sure everyone is meeting them."
Tanner said in his new role he will focus more on helping students meet the academic demands of high school and that they are prepared for college and or careers when they move on. It should be a position he is well suited for according to his Mills colleagues.
"I got to work very closely with Dave and he is very organized and enthusiastic," Lewis Mills principal Pamela Lazaroski said. "The thing that was great about working with Dave was his involvement with other programs that tied to athletic programs. He really took an active interest in the athletes as students."
According to Lazaroski the AD position will posted and he school will most likely name an interim AD while trying to final the position permanently by the end of January. Lazaroski said she expected a search committee to be formed and be a part of the process in selecting the next Mills AD.
In the meantime Tanner will finish up his Mills tenure as he looks ahead to his next challenge.
"I'm happy to see the new athletic facility process started and I think things are in good shape for the next person who gets the job," Tanner said. "I've enjoyed my time he and the next AD is coming to a great program to work with some great people."