Pomperaug principal Glenn Lungarini has been chosen as the next executive director of the Connecticut Association of Schools, the organization announced Friday in a press release.
Lungarini will replace Dr. Karissa Niehoff, who served as executive director for the past eight years and was recently named the next executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations. Lungarini will begin as CAS executive director on August 1, when Niehoff assumes her new role.
Lungarini has spent a 19-year career in public education as a coach, teacher, department chair, athletic director, assistant principal and principal, CAS said in its release, adding that he was chosen from four finalists, including two in-person interviews, a writing sample and a mock media interview.
His job includes leading CIAC, the state’s governing body for athletics.
“While the four final candidates were all highly qualified leaders and the decision was a difficult one, we are excited to bring Mr. Lungarini on board to continue and expand on all the great work that Karissa has undertaken and achieved during her 8-year tenure,” said Dr. Rosie Vojtek, CAS President and chair of the selection committee.
“Mr. Lungarini’s extensive experience as a coach and athletic director make him exceptionally well qualified to handle the challenges of running the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC), our largest and most high-profile division. Additionally, having taught at the elementary, middle and high school levels, he has a deep understanding of the needs of students across the K-12 spectrum. We are thrilled to have him as CAS’ next leader! [sic]”
Lungarini, an Oxford native who played baseball at Holy Cross, began his profession career in 1999, first as physical education teacher at Cross Street School in Naugatuck and then Rochambeau Middle School and Pomperaug High School in Southbury. He became assistant principal and athletic direcor at Oxford High School in 2007. He also served as the chairman of the English department and the health and physical education department. He became Seymour principal in 2012 and then principal at Pomperaug in 2014.
He attended Eastern Connecticut State and was an All-ECAC, All-New England and All-conference first baseman on the 1998 Division III national championship team. He also served seven years as an assistant coach at Yale University.
Lungarini earned a Bachelor of Science in physical education at ECSU, a Master of Science in exercise science and physiology from Southern Connecticut State in 2006, and an O92 administrative certification from Sacred Heart University in 2006. His family includes his wife Marcy and daughters Sofia and Emily. Lungarini is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at Northcentral University.
“I am honored and excited to accept the position as the next executive director of CAS,” Lungarini said in a statement provided by CAS. “Throughout the selection and hiring process, my interest in the work of the association and my passion for its mission have continued to grow,” said Lungarini. “I am eager to start working with fellow practitioners as I carry forward Dr. Niehoff’s commitment to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Connecticut learners. Together we can push the limits of success to achieve outcomes beyond our current beliefs.”
CIAC said he would be available for interviews beginning his first day on the job, August 1.
Lungarini’s previous work with CAS-CIAC has included services on the following boards and committees:
CIAC Board of Control – Class S Representative (2012-2014)
CIAC Board of Control – Class L Representative (2014-2016)
CIAC Eligibility Review Board (2017-2018)
CIAC Co-op Committee (2017-2018)
Cheerleading Committee (2012-2018)