Norwich – April 2, 2019 – Head of School David J. Klein has named Roy Wentworth ’83 Norwich Free Academy Director of Athletics. Wentworth has been serving as Interim AD since the end of January, and prior to that, since early September, Wentworth, a science teacher, while teaching his classes, served as the Head of School’s Liaison to the Athletic Department.
“The last six months have been a very lengthy job interview, but the education I received in the process cannot be found in any text book,” says Wentworth. The entire NFA community, the ECC and the Norwich community at large have been very supportive throughout this process.”
A resident of Norwich, Wentworth has served as NFA’s Director of Night School, Alternative Pathway to Success (APS), and Summer Credit Recovery Programs. “I do miss my students and being in the classroom,” reflects Wentworth, “but working in the Athletic Office has many of the same rewards. My family and I look forward to having a little more certainty in my role here at NFA.”
Highly respected throughout the state, Wentworth has an extensive background in leadership and coaching. His background includes experience in business and interscholastic athletics. His resume includes a long stretch as Norwich Free Academy science teacher as well as a 13-year career as head coach of NFA’s wrestling program. His NFA coaching tenure includes a stint with the football program as well as the girls golf team. Currently, he is on the CAS-CIAC Wrestling Committee.
“Roy has done an outstanding job of leading the NFA Athletic Department this year,” says Head of School David Klein, “and I am confident that he will continue to serve the institution with honor and professionalism in this position. Mr. Wentworth has the skill and passion, and the integrity and character to lead NFA athletics forward.”
As a high school student-athlete, Wentworth played soccer at NFA. His wrestling career began under the late Carl Snitkin, who was a lifelong mentor to Wentworth. During Wentworth’s first year at Eastern CT State University, Snitkin invited him to return to NFA as an assistant coach. That invitation for Wentworth was the start of a coaching career at the Academy.