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BC athletics director DeFilippo to retire

Chestnut Hill, MA (Sports Network) - Boston College athletics director Gene DeFilippo announced he will retire from his position Sept. 30.

DeFilippo said he discussed his decision with his wife and said this was the right time to retire partly due to his recent bout with treatable melanoma.

He plans to teach courses in sports management and to work as a consultant.

"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 said.

Senior associate athletics director John Kane will take over the AD job on an interim basis.

During DeFilippo's tenure, BC won four national championships in men's ice hockey and the football team had 12 straight winning seasons. The sailing team has won 11 national team or individual titles in the past five years.

He also witnessed the school's move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Additionally, the graduation rates of student-athletes ranked among the highest in Division I-A sports.

"Gene has been a positive figure in the college sports landscape for a long time - a veteran and highly respected AD and a national leader," ACC commissioner John Swofford said. "His contributions to BC, the ACC and nationally are too numerous to name. Gene is a great friend and colleague. We will miss him around the ACC table."

DeFilippo took over the Boston College program in Sept. 1997, approximately a year after 13 of its players were suspended from the football team for placing illegal bets.

Before joining BC, DeFilippo served as AD at Villanova from 1993-97 and also worked in the athletic departments at Kentucky, South Carolina-Spartanburg and Vanderbilt.

08/17 17:09:56 ET