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Former college and pro-football player to lead Bremerton athletics

The Bremerton School District recently announced George Duarte as its new athletic director for the 2007-08 school year.

Duarte joins the Bremerton School District after spending the last 14 years working as a teacher, coach and administrator in the Arizona public school system. He currently serves as an assistant principal at Royal Palm Middle School in the Washington Elementary School District in Phoenix.

Duarte majored in education at Northern Arizona University, before going on to receive his Bachelors of Arts degree from Ottawa University. He also has a master's degree in Education from Arizona State University.

As an Athletic Director, he will have a wealth of personal experience to draw from. Duarte was a professional football player in the NFL and played at the college level. He was even named an All-American defensive back his junior and senior years of college and was named to the All-Big Sky conference team. He also has worked as a collegiate assistant football coach at Glendale Community College and has coached wrestling, volleyball, basketball, track/field and baseball.

Duarte says he’s very excited and can’t wait to make the move to the Pacific Northwest. Both he and his wife are looking forward to be near family and raising their four sons in the area.

Pending board approval, Duarte’s contract with the district is expected to start July 1.

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