Seth Fry, Fairfield Warde High School's director of student activities, has been named the Mustangs' athletic director, Warde Headmaster James J. Coyne announced on Tuesday. Fry, a math teacher at the school for the past 14 years, assumes his duties on July 1.

Fry had coached at Fairfield High School as well as at Warde, after it opened for the 2004-05 school year. He will take over for Glenn Mackno, who had been interim athletic director since Chris Manfredonia left to take a similar position at Darien High School in October. Manfredonia had begun his eighth year as Warde's athletic director in September.

"I had an opportunity to work with some of our varsity coaches -- Dave Danko (girls basketball), Ryan Swaller (boys basketball), Gary Quiricone (softball) -- before, and it was a great experience," Fry said Wednesday afternoon. "I'm looking forward to the position."

Fry has coached basketball, baseball, baseball and softball at Warde as an assistant. He has coached junior varsity and freshman girls basketball then boys basketball. Fry has been a varsity softball assistant and JV coach for softball and girls soccer. He has been a freshman baseball coach.

The job opening was posted in early March, Fry said, and several internal candidates applied. He learned the job would be his on April 4 after finding out he was a finalist on March 14.

Fry will be working with Mackno to learn the nuances of the day-to-day activities of the job whose primary responsibility is to oversee all varsity, JV and freshman sports at Warde, which is close to 60 teams. He will supervise some Fairfield co-op teams as well.

Fry said he has received offers of advice and assistance from past ADs Manfredonia and Meg Tiley, Roger Ludlowe Middle School's principal who held the job before Manfredonia. "I appreciate that a great deal.

"I'm going to have to adjust to not teaching every day. It's a big change from the job I have now," Fry said.

Fry, 36, earned a degree in math at Springfield College in 2000. Last year, Fry completed his certification in intermediate administration from Sacred Heart University.