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Phillips Academy athletic director Mike Kuta teaching a strength and conditioning class

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Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Longtime physical education teacher, athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach Mike Kuta has been named athletic director and chairman of the Department of Physical Education at Phillips Academy. His six-year term officially began on March 26. He succeeds Martha Fenton, who last fall announced her intention to step down.

"It is no secret that sports and exercise help students structure and manage their time, promote efficient study skills and relieve stress while contributing to a regular sleep pattern. It is this restoration | both mental and physical, that I feel is underrated. There is a daily return on a daily investment," he said.

Kuta said his goal is to maintain a minimum athletic requirement for all students of 45 minutes per day, four times a week. "In keeping with the school's strategic plan to provide more schedule flexibility and down time," he says, "I want to stress the importance of physical activity. It's not expendable."

Kuta's career at Andover spans 25 years, beginning in 1983 as a teaching fellow and intern while serving as junior varsity football and varsity track coach.

At various times he has served as the school's fitness and conditioning coordinator, challenge course manager, afternoon activities program director for summer session, and for the past 11 years, coordinator of the summer Andover Soccer Camp. Most recently he has been involved with curriculum development for Andover's physical education courses, has co-authored numerous manuals for procedures and safety guidelines and has participated in resident staff training programs.

Kuta graduated from Northeastern University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and athletic training, As a high school student in Cheshire, he lettered in football and track.

A resident of Andover, Kuta is married and the father of three children.

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