by Tom Utescher
For the first time in more than 20 years, Germantown Academy has announced the appointment of a new Director of Athletics, while former Mount St. Joseph Academy basketball coach John Miller, a well-known figure in the Philadelphia hoops community, has received hall of fame honors.
At the end of the winter sports season, GA Head of School Rich Schellhas announced the appointment of Josh MacArthur as the school’s new Director of Athletics. MacArthur comes to Fort Washington after 10 years as the Director of Athletics and Recreation at Babson College in Massachusetts, where he oversaw an athletic program that included 22 intercollegiate sports and 20 club sports.
Prior to Babson, MacArthur served as the Associate Athletic Director at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Earlier in his career he held administrative positions in the athletic departments at the University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in history from Hobart and William Smith, MacArthur went on to the University of Richmond to earn his Masters of Sport Management. He is currently an independent athletics consultant.
“I am very excited to welcome Josh MacArthur to the GA community as our new Athletic Director,” said Schellhas. “Our 12-person strong AD Search Committee did an incredible job of vetting 200 applicants.”
At Babson, MacArthur advocated for facility expansion and renovations as part of a campus master plan and helped re-establish the athletics annual giving program through alumni outreach and engagement. He served as conference President of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference, and was named 2016 Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America.
“I’d like to thank Head of School Rich Schellhas and the entire search committee for having the confidence in me to lead a program with such a rich tradition and history,” said MacArthur. “The longevity of many of the coaches and athletics staff speaks volumes about how special Germantown Academy is. The energy from the faculty, staff, and students was evident from the minute I stepped on campus.”
MacArthur will take over for Jim Fenerty 1760, who has been the athletic director at GA for the last 22 years and will continue to serve as varsity boys basketball coach and teacher at the school. MacArthur begins his tenure on July 1.
Mount St. Joseph Academy was John Miller’s last port of call as a head basketball coach. The longtime Roxborough resident first served in that role with the boys’ varsity team at Archbishop Ryan High School, and he was recently inducted into Ryan’s boys’ basketball hall of fame.
After entering the Philly hoops scene as an assistant coach for Bill “Speedy” Morris, Miller headed the Ryan Raiders for nine seasons starting in 1976-’77, with one of his squads finishing as Philadelphia Catholic League runner-up.
After a one-year stint at Monsignor Bonner High, he was head coach of the La Salle University women’s team for 18 seasons. He first appeared on the sidelines in the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies as an assistant coach at St. Basil’s, then began his 10-year run at Mount St. Joe’s in the fall of 2006. He led the Magic to the PIAA Class AAA state championship in 2008, and departed after the 2015-’16 campaign with more than 700 career victories.