Quincy AD Alexander announces retirement
Bill Alexander, as common a sight at Quincy sporting events as the color green, will leave his post as athletic director at the end of this school year, and will retire from teaching at the end of the next.
Alexander says the retirement from the athletic director position comes as a nod to his health, still on the mend from triple-bypass surgery in 2015.
“It’s a good thing,” Alexander said of his retirement from the AD job, and adding that this was his decision, and that he was not being forced out. “This is kind of what I requested,” he added.
His health is OK, Alexander said, adding that he lost 50 pounds in the last year.
Still, the 2016-17 year will be his last year teaching, and he wants a more relaxed workload than that of an AD.
A longtime coach and physical education teacher, he says he will continue as a staff member at Quincy High School, although he’s not clear as to where.
“I feel comfortable that the district will put me somewhere where I can enjoy the work and the community in my final year in education,” he said.
With the finish line in sight, he hosted the district track meet at Jaycee Stadium last week.
“It was the most efficiently run district track meet in the 40 years I have been involved in track,” Alexander said.
As a valentine to his community, Alexander said he wants to thank the people of Quincy for his 25 years as an educator in town.
Alexander, a teacher and a coach for 42 years, “bleeds green-and-gold” Quincy School District superintendent John Boyd said.
“I’m very supportive of Coach Alex’s move to take a step back for health reasons,” Boyd said. “The guy is Mr. Jack; he has been a great supporter of Quincy athletics and I’m very supportive of him doing what he needs to take care of his health.”
The position of athletic director will be posted later this year.
“It’s a big job,” Boyd said. “Athletics are very important to this town and to the people of Quincy.
He added, “We will do our best to fill it with somebody who can support athletics the way we need them to.”
— By Sebastian Moraga, firstname.lastname@example.org