The Bethel Public Schools is pleased to announce our newly appointed Director of Athletics Mr. Mark Caron. Mr. Caron was appointed to the position left vacant by Mr. Frank Tatto, who took a position with the Stratford Public Schools as an Assistant Principal. This expanded position will oversee the supervision, management, and operation of all interscholastic athletic programs both at Bethel High School and Bethel Middle School. Mr. Caron was selected from a pool of over 25 qualified applicants. Throughout the process, Mr. Caron demonstrated expertise and a clear vision for the improvement and development of athletic programs, beginning with youth organizations and continuing through college.
Mr. Caron has obtained three degrees from Sacred Heart University. In 1993, he achieved a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry. He earned his Master’s Degree in Teaching in 1999. Lastly, he earned his 6th Year Degree in Administrative Leadership in 2007. Mr. Caron played varsity sports at both the high school and college levels. He has coached a variety of sports, but most notably, baseball, at the college and high school levels. Mr. Caron has operated private baseball camps for students in Kindergarten through grade five. In 2014, Mr. Caron received the honor of CT Post Coach of the Year. In 2007, Mr. Caron received the Brian Fagan Award, which in an award recognizing emerging leaders.
Mr. Caron had been employed as a chemistry teacher at Fairfield Warde High School since 1999. In addition, he served as the Director of Student Activities, overseeing all clubs and activities, budget preparation, hiring, supervising, and evaluating staff and programs. As part of his administrative internship, Mr. Caron had extensive responsibilities in athletics, affording him the opportunity to have direct experience with the daily operations of implementing an athletics program. As a coach, Mr. Caron has worked to creatively connect community youth programs to high school athletics. He has worked with the implementation of policy implementation for athletics and created positive relationships in developing families as partners in youth athletics. He has actively worked in developing athletes to play at the collegiate levels, including Division 1 schools. He has experience in the supervision and evaluation of staff as it relates to extra-curricular activities. While at Fairfield Warde High School, Mr. Caron founded the student athlete leadership club, which focused on creating strong ethical student athletes as leaders.
While in his role as teacher, Mr. Caron served as an active member of many academic committees to improve student outcomes including; the school improvement team, NEASC Co-Chair for Organization and Leadership, a TEAM mentor, Early Intervention Team and revisions to the athletic code of conduct.