PITTSFIELD — Brad Horth is staying in Pittsfield.
Horth, 30, was officially named as the Director of Athletics at the Miss Hall's School last week after serving as the interim director since the beginning of the school year. The position is one he has eyed since he started as an intern with Matt Ward's staff last season, and now that the ink is dry, Horth is thrilled to dive full-on into his full-time duties.
"It's great, it's been a great couple of months," Horth said in an interview with The Eagle. "I did my internship there through Northeastern here, having known Matt [Ward], that was a great six months.
"It's a cool place to work -- great kids and a great community. It's exciting to now be able to dig my feet in and get to work."
Miss Hall's made the announcement official to students and faculty on Jan. 22.
Horth went to St. Joseph in high school, and graduated in 2004. He went to Blair Academy in New Jersey for a post-graduate year to play football, and then he got his bachelor's degree at Union College.
Upon graduation from Union in 2009, Horth returned to St. Joseph for four years, where he was an English teacher and an assistant coach for multiple sports teams. Horth said that, while he loved teaching in the classroom, there was a burning desire to move over into a roll in athletics full time.
"Teaching was cool, but I wanted to be in athletics at a full-time capacity," Horth said. "I loved the coaching, and knew that I'd enjoy working with high school kids in a coaching and athletic director role."
So, Horth went back to school.
Horth went to Northeastern University in Boston, where he pursued a master's in sports leadership. Part of the requirements to graduate was to take an internship or job in sports. That's when Miss Hall's entered the picture.
Horth knew the then-director Matt Ward through St. Joseph and Blair Academy. Horth reached out to his friend for any assistance he might be able to provide, whether at Miss Hall's or at another prep school in the area.
"I was down in Rhode Island at the time," Horth said. "I said if you know anyone out here can you kind of hook me up? He goes 'Well I'd love to have you back here.' He went to bat with the board and the leadership team [at the school]. I did all the paperwork on my end through Northeastern, one thing went to another and things went from there."
Horth worked his internship under Ward last winter, but right around the time when Horth was supposed to finish the internship, Ward announced he was leaving the school. Having liked what he saw already, Horth stuck around and volunteered in the athletics office. When the job was posted, he jumped at the chance.
"I kind of stayed on as free help to give myself a leg up," Horth said. "They went through a search process last spring, and I threw all my material in. Went through interviews, gave my resume and cover letter. "
But Horth's original appointment was only on an interim basis. The school re-opened the search this school year, but based on Horth's ability in the interim role, the school decided to drop Horth's interim tag.
Now, Horth is ready to make a real imprint for the Hurricanes.
"The school is on a great trajectory right now, the athletic department is starting to grow. We have some local athletes, some athletes coming in from around the county and around the world who are really helping to build the program.
"I just want to continue that trajectory and compete around New England."
A few things he addressed specifically were an improved weight room, continued upgrade of facilities at the school, and potentially adding a few more athletic offerings for students.
Miss Hall's Head of School, Julia Heaton, said in an email to The Eagle that she is also thrilled to have Horth move into the full-time role.
"I am truly thrilled that Brad Horth will be taking on the role of Director of Athletics, after serving as Interim Director of Athletics for the past six months. Brad is a dedicated coach, a committed advocate for our scholar athletes, and contributes great energy and enthusiasm to our athletics program and our entire community."
Horth is also the girls basketball coach at Miss Hall's. His Hurricanes are currently in the tail end of their season, which wraps up on Feb. 10.