Gene DeFilippo out as athletic director at Boston College

Jared Dudley and the Boston College basketball team were highly successful in the mid-2000s with Gene DeFilippo as AD.
JONATHAN FERREY/GETTY IMAGES

For the first time since 1997, Boston College will have new leadership at the head of its athletic department this fall. Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo announced on Friday that he is stepping down from the position he has held for 15 years, effective Sept. 30.

DeFilippo cited a chance to spend more time with family and recent health concerns as the primary reason in which he is deciding to retire.

“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. “It is also the right time for Boston College to have new leadership in the athletics director’s 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.”

DeFilippo guided Boston College through one of, if not the, most productive athletic eras in school history. The Eagles’ hockey team won four NCAA titles during his tenure, the men’s basketball team was on the brink of a Final Four appearance in 2006 and the football team was ranked as high as No. 2 in 2007.

The revenue sports of football and men’s basketball have suffered mightily over the past few years, however, as was highlighted in a Metro Boston feature back in March. Several sources in the story cited a work environment that was “toxic” under DeFilippo’s watch in recent years. Former head football coach Tom O’Brien and former basketball player John Bagley also spoke with Metro in March about the direction of Boston College at the time.

DeFilippo’s most notable accomplishment at BC was successfully
guiding the school’s transition from the Big East Conference to the
Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005. Controversial at the time, several
Big East schools followed suit, most notably Syracuse and Pittsburgh
this past year.

DeFilippo graduated from Springfield College in 1973 and served time in the athletic departments of South Carolina-Spartanburg, Kentucky and Villanova.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

New statue of Penn State's Paterno set for…

By David DeKokHARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Fundraising for a new statue depicting Joe Paterno "as the man he was and not Joe the football coach"…

Local

Future Boston Alliance invites you to #RidetheLine, support…

#RidetheLine aims to show the city, the nation, and the globe our creative impact as Boston citizens.

Local

(Update) Body of missing BU grad Eric Munsell…

The dead man pulled from the water at Boston's Long Wharf Wednesday afternoon was that of missing 24-year-old Boston University alumnus Eric Munsell, Boston Police said today.

National

On newly released tape, 'Squeaky' Fromme says was…

Manson Family member Squeaky Fromme told a mental health examiner in newly released interview the "X" she carved in her forehead was meant to separate her from "the system."

Movies

Tribeca: 'Goodbye to All That' star Paul Schneider…

Paul Schneider talks about his new film "Goodbye to All That," not acting too much and how he'd rather indulge in simple pleasures than play the scene.

The Word

Taylor Swift battles paparazzi daily at Tribeca penthouse

We're entranced by these photos of poor Taylor Swift leaving her Tribeca apartment.

Movies

Tribeca: Nikki Reed on going funny for a…

"Intramural" star Nikki Reed talks about being the straight person in a broad comedy, spending time in Austin and how "Thirteen" was a "miracle."

Arts

'Becoming Cuba' at Huntington is a bit short…

Playwright Melinda Lopez freely lampoons the English language for its lack of passion in her latest work, “Becoming Cuba.” Ironically, the Huntington Theatre Company’s playwright-in-residence…

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

MLB

5 infamous pitcher ejections for cheating

Never fear Yankees fans, Michael Pineda is far from the first MLB pitcher to be thrown out of a game for cheating.

NFL

Patriot’s schedule comes up fair

Those looking for built-in excuses for the Patriots 2014-2015 season will have to look elsewhere, because their schedule came up fair. For the fourth straight…

MLB

Nava demoted, Victorino return imminent

  Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, who was batting a team-low .149/.240/.269, was demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday. "His struggles at the plate, I…

Parenting

New study: Inside the wage gap between boys…

According to a new study, there's a wage gap between boys and girls, with boys earning more allowance for less chores.

Tech

From Apple TV to Fire TV, big changes…

Apple is set to launch a new generation of it's Apple TV, which grossed over $1 billion in 2013. But competition from Amazon and Google looms.

Style

Katy Perry releases a new Claire’s collection

Katy Perry expands her empire by releasing an accessories collection at Claire's.

Style

MAC & Proenza Schouler collection unveiled

MAC Cosmetics is releasing a new collection with Proenza Schouler.