CAMDEN – For almost two decades a familiar face to Belfast and the Midcoast was at the helm of the Lions’ athletics department, but Terry Kenniston has called it a career and a new face to region is on his way as the new Belfast athletic director.
Matt Battani is new athletic director and assistant principal at Belfast. He joined the school officially back in June.
Battani was born and raised in Iowa, and wrestled at Iowa State before taking on a career in education that has taken him to four different countries: Germany, Italy, Uganda and Hong Kong. At multiple school throughout the world, he taught history and coached multiple sports, as well as leading large-scale athletic departments.
Now, after completing his masters thesis at Harvard, he takes on his next challenge in Belfast, and Battani says his upbringing in Iowa has a similar feel to the harbor town.
“I’m very much enjoying hearing from people that have been there their whole lives, our teachers and our coaches that went to school there, that were born there, that know all their neighbors, that build those strong relationships and then want to commit to the community for their entire lives,” said Battani.
Battani said Saturday that he has set no major goals for his tenure at Belfast yet, only to listen to his teachers, parents, students and coaches.
His major tasks early in his time with the Lions has been to revamp the school’s website, and create a page to share statistics and records for the Lions teams.
All of his plans are meant to promote the success of the players on the field and in the classroom.
“Right now I’m just getting my feet underneath me and learning where the community is, I think right now if I had some grand scheme, it would probably be too contrived,” said Battani.