By Austin Norville ’15
Athletic Director Mr. John Chambers will retire at the end of this year and newly appointed Assistant Athletic Director Mr. Bill Woods will transition in to the role of athletic director.
“He has been involved with all the planning for games and game setups especially with football, basketball and soccer,” Mr. Chambers said. “He has been taking charge and getting involved in the club activities, and he will work with the Varsity shop, and he will be going to meetings with me.”
Mr. Chambers said he would like to see Mr. Woods work towards getting a second gym, to make sure the new pool is installed, and begin integrating the club sports into the athletic program.
“Another athletic director had been hired, but decided not to come, so Mr. Ryan decided during the summer time and chose Mr. Woods,” Mr. Chambers said.
Mr. Woods’s job this year is taking the club sports and increasing their presence on campus.
“This year most of my job will be those club sports,” Mr. Woods said. “I think that my philosophy is that it needs to be a good experience for the players, and that would be the theme that I would hope to add into any programs that it would affect.”
In the past club sports such as lacrosse and crew were affiliated with the school but not run through the athletic department. That will change this year.
According to Mr. Woods he isn’t planning on coming in and making a lot of changes.
“The programs at Brophy are some of the best in the state,” Mr. Woods said. “I think when kids or others hear about how much fun they are having playing a sport, I think that’s how you attract more people.”
Mr. Chambers will retire at the end of this year, and looking back over his time on campus said he appreciates the school.
“What I’ve learned the most is that Brophy is a really unique place to work, it’s been a unique privilege to be around student athletes and the students in the classroom,” Mr. Chambers said. “I think the coaches are very special because they’re very unique. I’ll miss the athletes; I’ll miss the day to day interactions with the coaches and athletes, and game days seeing the student come together as one.”