High school athletic director dies by suicide

Jared Cushing

By Guy Page

The 21-year-old athletic director of Hazen Union High School in Hardwick is dead by suicide. 

Jared Cushing, a former Vermont high school baseball star and student-athlete at Husson College in Bangor, Maine, died over the weekend of suicide, according to a report in today’s Caledonian-Record. No obituary has yet been published, and there is no mention of his passing on school social media websites. No details are available. 

“Everyone who knew Jared knew that he often looked like he was full of joy and life. He seemed to always have a big smile and a bounce to his walk. But clearly inside he was struggling,” Hazen Union Principal Jason Di Giulio said in a statement published in the Caledonian-Record today.

“I know this news can be hard and that it will land differently for each one of us. It may activate some previous traumas, some related experiences or difficulties in our own lives.”

Cushing graduated from Blue Mountain High School in 2019, playing basketball and baseball. The New Hampshire native and Ryegate resident was also finishing his degree at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, studying online.  

Cushing assumed the AD position this June. This summer he led an under-18 Babe Ruth team to the state title. The 21-year-old grew up in New Hampshire, then moved to Ryegate before high school.

Cushing set high standards for himself when he took the job in June: “I think my responsibility is to preserve the traditions and characteristics of the Hazen Athletics programs that make them successful and that the community takes pride in,” he told the Caledonian-Record. “One challenge is that I will be the one that everyone goes to with questions in regards to the athletic program. My goal in the first year is to develop a rapport with the community, to continue to propel the athletic program and to never answer a question with ‘I don’t know.’ I plan to be ready to meet anyone’s needs at any time.”

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7 replies »

  1. As a family member, I find it hurtful that you’ve published his manner of death. Have some respect for the grieving.

    • It always hurts; no matter what. It’s helpful for everybody else to consider how quietly their loved ones might be suffering.

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