Matt Rossignol named new Athletic Director at Van Buren

Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 6:55 PM EDT
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It’s full circle for Van Buren’s Matt Rossignol. After teaching in Madawaska for the past 22 years Rossignol is back at Van Buren High School as a teacher and Athletic Director. Rossignol was appointed to the AD’s job last night and he is looking forward to walking through the High School doors every day.

Matt Rossignol:” Of course a school that is very near and dear to me. I graduated from here many years ago in 1985, My children came from this school system, I love sports and love children and I love Van Buren. Becoming Athletic Director is an honor. The tradition and pride that Van Buren has in athletics and I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

Rossignol was a 2000 point scorer in High School and also played at the University of Maine. Since graduating he has coached basketball in Houlton, Van Buren and Madawaska and for last 22 years has coached the Owls softball team. This past year he took over as the Owls basketball coach and he said that leaving the players is very difficult.

Rossignol:” That was the most difficult part of the decision. Coming back to coach basketball last year with the boys that I had. I really enjoyed the season and the boys responded very well. We have a lot coming back this year so made the decision difficult, but coming back home with community members that I have known my whole life.”

Out migration and declining enrollments at small schools has an effect on the number of players going out for teams.

Rossignol:” Many communities are facing population problems and enrollment problems and trying to get kids to participate. I am hoping to generate some excitement for athletics here. Van Buren does have a rich tradition of success in sports and I think the community is anxious to try and rekindle that and I am hoping to play a small part in that.”

Rossignol is no stranger to the Van Buren gym. He coached basketball at the school for several years while also teaching in Madawaska. His teams had success making several tournament appearances. Rossignol was hired as a Social Studies teacher and when Kylie Lapirerre stepped down after two years as Athletic Director he applied for the position and was hired.

Rossignol:” You are born in a community and even if you end up working somewhere else you always have that in your blood. Madawaska is a big part of my life and will always be a big part of my life, but being able to work for your home town and serve the citizens of this community that have always done so much for me. Not just my family, but my parents and many generations going back and being able to give back to this community means a lot to me.

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