TOWNSEND — Cam Fisk’s career as an educator has been defined by the life lessons learned through his family’s long-time involvement in sports.
Fisk possesses pretty impressive bloodlines. His father, Conrad, a three-sport athlete at Keene State College, was drafted by the Montreal Expos. Fisk’s siblings — Chad, Carrington and Carrah — were standout athletes at the high school and college level.
His uncle, Calvin Fisk, was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles.
And the most impressive branch on Cam’s family athletic tree belongs to his uncle, Carlton Fisk, a Hall of Fame catcher whose historic walkoff homer that lifted the Red Sox past the Cincinnati Reds in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series will forever be replayed in the DVD of the mind of Boston baseball fans.
A true student of all the games the Fisk family has played, Cam, a talented athlete in his own right, realizes the importance of a school system having a well-run athletic department. Now Fisk is eager to put his varied and experienced background as a teacher/coach/athletic administrator to work at North Middlesex Regional High School.
Fisk, 30, has been hired as the Patriots’ new athletic director. He began working at North Middlesex this week and is busy preparing for the start of the rapidly-approaching fall season.
“I’ve been involved in education as a teacher and coach for 10 years,” said Fisk. “I’ve coached all sorts of sports. Everything I’ve done to this point in my career has been a chess move to get to this type of position. Did I think it would happen so soon in my life? No. I’m humbled for this opportunity, but I’m also very confident.
“Things are off to a great start. My emphasis is always on the student-athlete. We’re here for the kids. I think me being a teacher in my former jobs, that’s what I’m going to bring with me. I have a lot of great ideas in terms of how to interact with kids, be involved with kids and really have a presence. I’m not here to tell people what to do. I’m here to make a difference. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of proving myself.”
Fisk grew up in Keene, N.H., where he was a three-sport athlete in high school. He played football for a season at the University of New Hampshire, before transferring to Keene State College, where he played basketball for three years.
Fisk is certified as a teacher in physical education, health and math.
He recently taught health education at the Great Brook Middle School in Antrim, N.H., where Fisk coached boys basketball and baseball. Fisk was a JV boys basketball coach at ConVal Regional High School, and a varsity girls basketball coach at Keene High School.
Among his other jobs in education, Fisk was a physical education/health teacher, boys soccer/cross-country coach, athletic director and wellness director at the Westmoreland (N.H.) Elementary School.
Fisk believes strongly in the educational value of high school athletics.
“That will be a big part of the mission here at North Middlesex,” said Fisk, whose mother, Linda, also played a big role in his development as a student-athlete. “We want to stress educational athletics. Our athletic programs really are an extension of the school day.”
North Middlesex will open the doors to a new high school this fall. Fisk isn’t able to move into his new office just yet, but he has begun the process of meeting with the Patriots’ coaches and athletes.
“We have great coaches,” said Fisk. “We have a lot of experienced coaches. It seems like a lot of coaches have been here for a long time and they keep coming back. It’s great for the school. It’s great for the community.”
Fisk plans on forming a student-athlete leadership group.
“That’s a good way for me to connect with the students,” said Fisk. “I’d like to have a captains’ council. I’m going to have coaches nominate some athletes. They’ll come in and meet with me. I have so many ideas. But I need people to help me get some things off the ground. And who better than some student-athletes.”
Fisk and his wife, Courtney, have two children, Lincoln and Eliza. He knows the coming weeks are going to be hectic. But Fisk welcomes the challenge.
“It’s crunch time,” said Fisk. “Fortunately, I have the energy and I have the will. I’m ready to go.”
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