Chestnut Hill, Mass. Boston College Athletics Director Gene DeFilippo has announced that he will retire from his position on September 30.
DeFilippo has served as BC's Athletics Director since September 1997, marking 15 years at the position.
My wife Anne and I have been discussing this decision for some time and we agree that this is the right time for me to retire, DeFilippo said in a Boston College press release. It is also the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics directors position. In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer. After the intensity of 40 years of intercollegiate athletics, this change will enable me to spend more time with Anne, my three children, and our granddaughter, Katherine. I look forward to this next stage of my personal and professional life.
Beginning October 1, Senior Associate Athletics Director John Kane will serve as interim director until a successor is named.
University President William P. Leahy, SJ, thanked DeFilippo for his time serving as AD, saying, Gene devoted himself to building a strong, successful athletics program, one that reflected BCs commitment to quality academics and institutional integrity. Doing that has been his passion and joy, and the BC community, particularly our student athletes, have benefitted immensely from his care, advice and hard work.
DeFilippo was BC's athletic director during four national championships in men's ice hockey and also during the school's transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
In his time, Boston College has invested millions in facilities upgrades, including the 27 million Yawkey Athletics Center and multi-million dollar renovations to Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium and the soccer, field hockey and lacrosse facilities on the Newton campus.
Id like to thank Fr. Leahy for allowing me to serve as athletics director for the past 15 years, said DeFilippo. He was always supportive and was the best boss anyone could have. I will always be indebted to him for giving me the opportunity to work at such a great institution.