Longtime Bishop Ireton athletic director to step down


By Missy Schrott | mschrott@alextimes.com

After serving 19 years at Bishop Ireton in a variety of positions, Bill Simmons announced his retirement last week. In his nearly two decades at the school, Simmons has worked as business manager, dean of students and, most recently, athletic director.

“You will find no one more supportive of Cardinal Athletics than Bill,” Head of School Tom Curry said in a letter to the BI community. “He throws himself into the job every day, working countless nights and weekends and traveling near and far in support of every one of our sports teams.”

Simmons has been BI’s athletic director since 2007. He was also chosen out of 12 athletic directors in 2015 to be an interim commissioner for WCAC while the league sought someone to fill the position permanently.

“I have enjoyed my time at Bishop Ireton immeasurably,” Simmons said in a statement.
“Working with our coaches and athletes over the last 11 years has been a joy, and I will miss them a great deal. I now have grandchildren and think the time is right to close this chapter of my professional life.”

Simmons is a retired U.S. Marine and father of three Bishop Ireton alumni. He will continue to serve as the athletic director through June 2018.