As the school’s athletic department underwent various administrative changes this summer, former school coach Kindyll Dorsey returned as the new associate athletic director. She will also be head coach of Girls’ Varsity Basketball (GVB) this winter and work outside of athletics as an Upper School (US) co-advisor.
Ms. Dorsey’s responsibilities as associate athletic director will include managing the athletic waiver process, overseeing several members of the athletic department, specifically non-interscholastic programs, coaching Girls’ Varsity Basketball, and serving as the point person of the department in his absence, Athletic Director Chuck Richard said.
Mr. Richard—who had at one time served as associate athletic director himself—posted the open position in April and received dozens of resumes. By May, the group was narrowed down to three finalists. Mr. Richard brought these select candidates in for a thorough interview process involving himself, Head of School Jen Price, and several other members of the athletic department. Ms. Dorsey was hired on May 24, replacing Interim Associate Athletic Director Greg Pugh, who will return to his former position as equipment manager.
Ms. Dorsey said that the interpersonal skills she has accumulated over the years will be essential to her success as a new leader in the department.
“Anywhere that I’ve worked, building relationships and effective, consistent communication is number one,” she said. “Building relationships with your athletes, with your direct co-workers, with your support staff is vital in any organization.”
Ms. Dorsey played basketball at the collegiate level during her time at Boston College from 2003 to 2007. When she first came to the school in 2011, she worked in various capacities, coaching volleyball and lacrosse in addition to GVB, helping with the Health & Fitness program at both the Middle School and US and teaching physical education to sixth-graders.
In 2014, Ms. Dorsey left the school to pursue college coaching. She spent a year at Holy Cross followed by three years at Northeastern, where she received her master’s degree in sports leadership and administration.
“Once I got my master’s, I decided I didn’t want to stay at the Division I level because it’s just a lot,” Ms. Dorsey said. “This position [at BB&N] is different , and it’s a new challenge for me.”
Ms. Dorsey explained her eagerness to work at an administrative level in sports—a new venture after her various coaching experiences.
“I’m excited to work in athletics at a broader scale,” she said. “What I really like about this role is that I won’t just be working with one team. I’ll be working with all the athletes, male, female, and a variety of coaches.”
Ms. Dorsey said she strives to be involved in academics as well and believes the same should go for any member of the sports administration. Advising US students alongside Director of College Counseling Amy Selinger will help her achieve that goal, she said.
“It’s so important to be helping the kids develop in both the field of play and in the classroom, to help them reach their next goal in life, academic or athletic,” Ms. Dorsey said.