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New AD ready to shine spotlight on district sports

When it came to playing sports, Kim Saxton, was up for just about anything.

 

“If they called it a sport, I was off and running,” Blind Brook’s new Athletic Director said.

 

Ultimately, Ms. Saxton settled on her two favorites, basketball, and soccer. And while she never played tennis, rugby, football or was a member of a swim team, all else was fair game for her as a student at The Ursuline School.

 

Sports, she said, taught her so many life lessons, ones she still practices today and will incorporate in her new role. She was appointed Director of Health, Nursing, Physical Education & Interscholastic Athletics by the Blind Brook Board of Education on May 3 and began her tenure on July 1.

 

Among those lessons, she said, are time management, communication, collaboration, and what it means to work together as part of a team.

 

“It’s about the comradery, the community,” she said. “Your team is your family.”

 

Ms. Saxton most recently served as the AD at her alma mater, an all-girls Catholic school in New Rochelle. She previously coached and taught in the Peekskill schools.

 

“Ms. Saxton brings a unique perspective to her role as AD, having been an athlete herself, as well as a coach,” Superintendent of Schools Colin Byrne said. “She brings so much enthusiasm and energy to our district, we are excited to have her on our staff and see her grow our athletic program.”


What Ms. Saxton said she has found in Blind Brook is a similar sense of community to her previous school. When it comes to whatever district she serves, she said, regardless of size, private or public, athletics and health all share a common language, one that will assist in fostering that sense of family and community going forward.

 

“It’s something that is really important to me,” explained Ms. Saxton. “Blind Brook is a small district, and the community atmosphere is evident.”

 

“It has an excellent foundation from the previous AD. I’m excited to bring the attention to this district that it deserves,” she said of the athletic program.

 

Ms. Saxton grew up in Yorktown and currently lives in Yonkers. She attended the University of New Haven, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a minor in Sports Industry. She earned a master’s in Physical Education and Education at Mercy College and continued there for her building leader and school district leader certification.

 

In addition to overseeing the athletic program at Blind Brook High School, Ms. Saxton said her role extends to being a cheerleader for Blind Brook athletics.

 

“That’s the fun part,” she said of her job. “I’ll be going to games, and I’ll be these athletes’ biggest fan. And that goes for everyone who plays.”

 

“I’m here to support,” she continued.

 

As summer winds down, Ms. Saxton is preparing for the fall athletic season, attending meetings, assisting with hiring coaches and getting to know as much of the Blind Brook community as she can.

 

With everything she has going on, the pull of the court has not waned. For several years Ms. Saxton continued to play basketball until her body told her it was time to sit on the sidelines. Being away from the court was a temporary condition, and while she no longer plays, she took up coaching and has become a basketball official, officiating high school and Division III games.

 

She hopes to inspire students at BBHS to engage in sports, knowing how beneficial they can be for individuals on and off the field.

 

“Just give it try,” she encouraged. “You don’t have to be an all-star. Everyone has a role. You’ll gain a lot of insight on who you are and how to deal with people.”