‘Dynamic school environment’ attracted Mahtomedi’s new activities director

Aaron Forsythe is getting settled in at MHS after four years serving his native Forest Lake as their activities director.

Mahtomedi High School has a new activities director.

Aaron Forsythe, a former college hockey player, took over on July 2, after serving in the same capacity at his hometown Forest Lake the past four years.

“I wasn’t looking to move on from Forest Lake, but the dynamic school environment and supportive communities that Mahtomedi High School serves was very attractive,” Forsythe stated, adding that it was the first time he’d applied anywhere else since starting his education career in 2006.

Forsythe succeeds Ray Kirch, who retired June 29. First order of business in June was to help Kirch to fill a vacancy for volleyball head coach, leading to the hire of Eric Poppelman (see separate story).

Currently, Forsythe is getting familiar with the district’s protocols and policies, while “making sure all our fall sports/activities are ready to roll out this August.” Typical for an activites director in July, he is busy lining up officials, game workers and schedules for all the sports, among other details.

“I’m impressed with the pride and energy of the coaches and students I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so far,” said Forsythe, who’s been working with Kirch, principal Kathe Nickleby and assistant principal Luanne Wagner.

His lieutenant is Bill Mauricio, who assisted Kirch the past two years and is also girls hockey coach. “Bill has a great skill set and has been very helpful in my transition to MHS,” the new director said.

After a standout hockey career at Forest Lake as a defenseman, Forsythe played four years at Minnesota State Mankato, followed by a pro season in the East Coast Hockey League during the NHL lockout season of 2004-05.

Upon joining his hometown faculty in 2006, Forsythe was an English teacher, head coach of boys hockey, and assistant coach of girls golf. His father, Dan, was also a head hockey coach for the Rangers.

Forsythe and wife Christina have two daughters: Evelyn, 6, who will attend Wildwood Elementary, and Nora, 4. The family is shopping for a home in the Mahtomedi district, he said.

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