After spending the winter without an official athletic director, the Boston Public Schools system announced the hire of Avery Esdaile Wednesday evening.

Esdaile will replace Kenneth Still, who served as athletic director for 11 years before retiring in October 2013. The new athletic director comes to Boston after spending the past 12 years working for the Wellesley College athletic department. He was an associate athletic director at the Division 3 college, a school with 14 varsity sports, before accepting the position. The New Haven, Conn., native also worked for two years in the Yale athletic department.

“Boston Public Schools recognizes that athletics serve a role in helping kids develop, in finding a sense of self, of gaining confidence,” said Esdaile in a press release. “We want to make sure that every student in the district has access to athletics should she or he choose to participate.’’

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Esdaile holds a Masters of Science in Management of Sports Industries from the University of New Haven and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Wesleyan. He begins his duties as BPS athletic director April 7.