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Posted: Monday, June 4, 2012 5:00 pm | Updated: 1:08 pm, Tue Jun 5, 2012.

READING — Reading Public School administrators announced the names of three finalists for the position of Assistant Principal for Athletics and Extra‐Curricular Activities.

These finalists will have open microphone sessions with the community on Thursday, June 7, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Patrick A. Schettini Library Media Center.

The finalists are as follows:

Caitlin Annicelli, Advanced Placement Social Studies Teacher and Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Foxborough High School

Allen Melanson, Career and Technical Education Department Chair, Marietta High School, Marietta Georgia

John Harrison, Mathematics Teacher, Reading Memorial High School and Boys Varsity Tennis Coach, Lynnfield High School

Resumes for all three candidates can be found on the Reading Public Schools Home Edline page.

In late March, after 18 years as Reading Memorial High School’s athletic director, Phil Vaccaro announced he was leaving the post after the spring season.

Vaccaro sent an email to the school’s coaches, faculty and staff, and the other Middlesex League ADs to notify them of his decision.

Vaccaro’s contract, which reportedly pays him roughly $110,000 per year, is up at the end of the school year. He said at the time that he had wanted to stay on for another year through the 2012-13 school year, but school administrators decided not to grant him one more year.

Vaccaro, 62, first came to Reading from Somerville in 1982. He coached the Rockets’ boys soccer team for 12 seasons, taking over a struggling program and consistently leading it to MIAA tournament qualification. After Vaccaro took the AD job, the 1994 RMHS boys soccer team won a Middlesex League championship and advanced to the Division 2 North final. That team has since been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.

In Vaccaro’s 18 years as athletic director (beginning with the 1994-95 school year), RMHS has been one of the most successful public schools in the state. Recently, the girls basketball (2012), football (2009), girls swimming (2010) and boys hockey (2008) teams have all won state championships. Also, the baseball (1996) and softball (2001) teams have also won state titles during Vaccaro’s tenure. Most of the other programs have won or been in contention for league championships.

Vaccaro was named regional Athletic Director of the Year in 2009 by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and was a runner-up for national honors.

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