Mr. Chad Byler, who has served for 26 years in Norfolk Academy's athletics and physical education departments, has been named Director of Athletics.
Coach Byler has served in an array of roles during his tenure at Norfolk Academy. He has served in administrative roles, and also been a trainer, teacher, and coach for basketball and baseball. This school year he has been Interim Co-Director of Athletics, as well as a Middle School Health and Physical Education teacher, and Junior Varsity Boys Basketball head coach.
He helped start the VISAA Girls Soccer tournament in 2005, then became chairman of the VISAA Baseball tournament in 2010. In 2014, the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association honored Coach Byler with its Athletic Director of the Year award.
Norfolk Academy conducted a thorough and extensive national search in hiring for this position.
“Coach Byler’s appointment is a testament to the value of loyal, dedicated service and to a determined path of constant improvement and professional growth and attainment," Headmaster Dennis Manning wrote in an announcement of the news.
“Two key considerations secured the final appointment for Coach Byler," Mr. Manning continued. “First, he has the clear confidence and support of our program leaders — our varsity coaches who provide critical leadership in our athletic program — and he has garnered the respect and admiration of athletic directors and administrators across the state of Virginia."
Coach Byler earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Messiah College, where he pitched four years on the baseball team, serving as captain as a senior. He earned a master's degree in education from Old Dominion University while serving as a graduate assistant from 1992 to 1994.
Norfolk Academy offers more than 70 athletics teams across 27 sports for grades 7-12. To learn more about this extensive program, please visit our website.