Gene DeFilippo Retires as Boston College’s Athletics Director

Gene DeFilippo will retire as Boston College’s athletics director on Sept. 30 after 15 years.

Senior Associate Athletics Director John Kane will take DeFilippo’s place until a successor is named, the school said on its website.

“It is the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics director’s position,” DeFilippo said in a statement. “In light of my recent bout with melanoma, which is treatable, this decision became clearer to me this summer.”

After taking a brief break, DeFilippo said he will teach courses in sports management and work as a consultant.

DeFilippo guided Boston College’s athletics programs through four national championships in men’s ice hockey, 11 national team and individual championships in sailing, and 12 consecutive winning seasons in football. He also directed the transition to the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Donations to the school’s athletics programs rose to more than $20 million in 2011 from $5.3 million in 1998.

“Gene devoted himself to building a strong, successful athletics program, one that reflected BC’s commitment to quality academics and institutional integrity,” Boston College President William Leahy said in a statement. “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 fired football coach Jeff Jagodzinski after he interviewed with the New York Jets, who were seeking a replacement for Eric Mangini in 2009. At the time, ESPN reported that the coach had been warned he would be dismissed for talking to the Jets.

“I thought we had a coach that wanted to be here for a long time and that wasn’t necessarily the case,” DeFilippo said after the firing.

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