Enthusiasm high as NECC reorganizes athletic program   | Local Sports

When the administration at Northern Essex Community College decided to restructure its athletic department, it knew it needed the right person to oversee the changes.

That turned out to be 45-year-old Mike McCarthy, who serves as Vice President of Administration and Finance at NECC and couldn’t be more enthusiastic about overseeing the reorganization.

A former football player and track athlete at Newburyport High School and Tufts University, McCarthy has been around sports his whole life. He currently has children heavily involved in sports.

“I’ve always been passionate about sports and I’m excited about this role,” said McCarthy. “I already was overseeing the budget, transportation and other things with the sports teams so this seemed like a good fit.

“I’m someone who got an education because of athletics so I know the connection. I want to offer as many programs and steps to help young people like I was helped.”

McCarthy stresses that Northern Essex, under athletic coordinator Sue MacAvoy, already has one of the more successful athletic programs among community colleges. The restructuring is intended to build on that success, involve more students which could spike enrollment and address facility needs.

One of the big changes will take place when it drops its athletic coordinator position and replaces it with an athletic director, who will report to McCarthy.

Although McCarthy underlines that his “focus now is stabilizing and strengthening what we have now,” he also would like to add sports in the future. Currently, Northern Essex offers cross country, volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball, softball and track and field.

Softball did not have enough players to field a team last year, which is something McCarthy wants to address right away as well as increasing numbers in track.

Looking ahead, McCarthy would like to bring…

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