Fitz-Simons named CHS athletic director
A Carrollton High School administrator with a deep understanding of high school sports has been promoted to athletic director of Carrollton High School.
The Carrollton Board of Education formally approved the transfer of CHS Assistant Principal and CTAE Director Paul Fitz-Simons to athletic director, a void created with the promotion of current AD Stacy Lawler to principal of Carrollton Middle School.
“Mr. Fitz-Simons has proven his mettle as a quality school administrator and is perfect for this job,” said CHS Principal David Brooks. “His background as a coach and former prep athlete himself gives him a thorough understanding of the complexity of high school athletics.”
Fitz-Simons joined the school system in 2009 as a special education teacher and assistant basketball coach, contributing to the Trojans’ capture of seven region titles and historic state runner-up finish in 2015. He also coached football and was selected to be the first head coach of the boys lacrosse team, leading the team to eight wins in year two of the program. In 2015, Fitz-Simons left CHS to be the head basketball coach at Heard County High School, and returned to CHS in 2016 to serve as assistant principal and to head the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education program.
A Carroll County native and graduate of Jacksonville State University, Fitz-Simons started his career as a coach and educator at his alma mater, Central High School, coaching basketball, football and soccer before coming to Carrollton. He and his wife, the former Alison Sanders, a Carrollton graduate, have three daughters: Haven, 6; Hadly, 5; and Henly, 1.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead the athletic program,” said Fitz-Simons. “The Trojan Nation is a special place to be and athletics are a big part of that experience. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”