High School Sports

Spain to retire as Broughton athletic director

Posted August 6, 2013

Longtime Broughton High School athletic director Jack Spain will step down from his position at the end of the month.

According to Principal Steve Mares, Spain will retire from Broughton, effective Aug. 31.

"[Jack] has set an example and model that will be our standard to follow in the coming years," Mares said. "I consider myself fortunate to have served with him and to have experienced first-hand his unmatched devotion, dedication and commitment to Broughton High School, our coaches, our student-athletes, our parents and boosters."

Mares said the position has already been listed on the Wake County Public School System website and that applications are already being accepted. He said he hopes to have a new athletic director in place on Sept. 1.

Spain will continue his role as athletic director until Aug. 31, but Mares said replacing him is difficult.

"He is a legend," Mares said. "Truly a man of high professional, ethical and more standards, Jack inspires others through his passion and is leaving an idelible mark on our school."

Mares said many people will feel an impact from Spain's retirement.

"His retirement will be felt at the school level, county level and state level. He will be missed by all of his," he said. "It is my hope that our transition to a new athletic director will be seamless and we will continue on with our tradition of excellence."


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  • hoopsfan Aug 8, 2013

    Jack Spain is a true gentleman. He managed BHS athletics based upon the life principals that matter.

  • hspooner2000 Aug 6, 2013

    I am a sports photographer covering mostly cap8. I have covered many Broughton games over the past few years. Jack Spain is one of the most decent people you will ever meet. Truly, a class act. Jack worked hard to take care of himself, but still had some health problems last year, and I think it took a lot out of him. He has some entertaining stories about Broughton. I enjoyed my many conversations with Jack, and will miss him.
    Titus, I would recommend spending a day in the life of an AD and you would know just how busy they are.

  • lyteoflife Aug 6, 2013

    Wow....as a parent who has worked with him for 5 years having kids in sports, this is a sad Broughton moment. The kids had a great respect for him as well as parents, faculty and staff. True dedication at all hours to make sure things were done, and done right...he was true to these kids and the Broughton Community....a Cap thru and thru!!!

  • trianglehoopfan Aug 6, 2013

    Pic looks accurate to me. I was shocked how poor his people skills were the 3-4x I met him.

  • ralguy22 Aug 6, 2013

    "That photo is a bit misleading. Coach Spain is one of the nicest people around."

    I could not agree more dmmcall. Coach Spain is a true gentleman, a joy to be around and has done so much for the students and graduates of Broughton over the years, myself included. I wish him nothing but the best!

  • dmccall Aug 6, 2013

    That photo is a bit misleading. Coach Spain is one of the nicest people around.

  • cbsconsult Aug 6, 2013

    Why does a high school need an "athletic director"?

    Titus Pullo
    August 6, 2013 1:46 p.m.

    The fact you asked that question leads me to wonder if you know ANYTHING about high school athletics.

  • Titus Pullo Aug 6, 2013

    Why does a high school need an "athletic director"?