After serving as a player, coach and parent in the Brockton High School athletic system, Bill Devin has been named the new athletic director of the Brockton, Massachusetts institution, reports the Enterprise.
Before graduating from the high school in 1972, Devin was a three-sport star, playing football, hockey and baseball. Once he earned his degree, he re-entered the Brockton community as a social studies teacher, eventually rising to become a human resources supervisor.
Since 1976, he has played an important role in leading Brockton's many sports teams. Devin has worked as an assistant coach for football and hockey for several decades, while he has also served on the coaching staffs of the girls' soccer and junior varsity baseball teams.
Devin stressed that as athletic director, he intends to educate the school's athletes about the importance of balancing sports and academics.
"With student-athletes, just as with students in general, I think you want to make sure that they know that they can get a lot of doors open to them if they put the time in the classroom," he told the source. "Really, academics have to come first. That's nothing revolutionary. You see it all the time, and it's not just in Brockton, where the doors become closed because the grades aren’t good enough."
According to its official website, Brockton High School serves roughly 4,300 students.