By ADAM SHINDER
For the Express
Matt Ehrenreich couldn’t be much more excited to come back close to home and get to work.
A 2009 Canajoharie High School graduate, Ehrenreich is the newly-installed athletic director for the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District. After being named to the position in late April as the replacement for former AD Mike Calvello, Ehrenreich had his first day on the job Wednesday.
“It’s been exciting,” Ehrenreich said. “I spent a couple days throughout the district where I got to meet everybody — at least most of the coaches, some of the staff and faculty — but (Wednesday) was my first full day.”
A three-sport athlete at Canajoharie who played football, basketball and baseball for the Cougars, Ehrenreich went on to earn his associate’s degree in physical education from Mohawk Valley Community College before transferring to SUNY Cortland, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education. After graduation, he headed to Browns River Middle School in Jericho, Vt. as a phys ed teacher who also coached boys soccer, boys basketball and baseball during his first year.
Also during his first year at Browns River, Ehrenreich completed his master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Kentucky University, a degree he pursued with a long-term goal of becoming an athletic director in mind.
“I’ve always wanted to be an athletic director,” Ehrenreich said. “It’s been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember: Being someone who is able to make new connections with families and be able to work with a program and work with it to be as successful as it can be.”
While teaching at Browns River, he expanded his coaching resume as junior varsity football coach junior varsity baseball coach at Mount Mansfield Union High School while continuing to coach middle school boys basketball. In 2016, he joined MMU’s varsity football staff as an assistant coaching defensive backs and receivers.
“I had a lot of experience coaching, worked with a lot of different people,” he said. “I got a chance to see a lot of different coaching styles and really get a chance to work with a lot of different administrations and different people who run an athletic department.
After three years in Vermont, the opportunity to return close to his hometown while becoming an athletic director to boot proved an alluring chance.
“I’m excited to be back in the area,” Ehrenreich said. “Knowing Broadalbin-Perth, they’ve always had a quality athletics program, quality academics, great facilities. I’ve always looked up to them as a program. Being able to come back and establish new connections with the kids around the area and being able to do everything I can to help develop their athletics program into the best version of itself that it can be is really a goal of mine.”
Ehrenreich comes in at a time where the B-P athletics program is in the midst of a major physical transformation. Part of the district’s $39.7 million capital project includes the rehabilitation of several of the district’s athletic facilities, including the replacement of the turf field and resurfacing of the track at Patriot Field, as well as the construction of new baseball and softball fields.
“It’s amazing to see the work they’re doing,” Ehrenreich said. “I stepped out yesterday and was able to see some of the work they’re putting in. I can remember their first capital project when they first put in their turf field, and knowing the work is being done now is really going to be beneficial. Just looking at the schematics and know where things are going to be and how much of an improvement it’s going to be is going to take pressure off of myself and the coaches. Simple things like drainage on the field and having a resurfaced turf field makes a big difference.”
In the stresses of moving back to the area, Ehrenreich said getting down to business this week and getting to work with the B-PCSD’s leadership team was a major milestone.
“To have the first day back at work is really a relief,” he said. “It’s exciting, it’s humbling, it’s an awesome experience.”