Thursday October 06, 2016
South Burlington School District welcomed Chris Langevin as the interim director of student activities last week. He will have big shoes to fill as he takes over an athletic program with a solid foundation and high expectations for its student-athletes.
Three years ago, Mike O’Day retired as the director of student activities after a 30 year career. Long time Essex High School Athletic Director Ed Hockenbury was chosen to fill the spot vacated by O’Day. Both leaders were considered by many to be two of the best athletic directors in the state. Late this summer, after completing two years at SBSD, Hockenbury accepted a job with the UVM athletic department as an associate athletic director, leaving a void at the top of Rebel athletics.
Due to the timing of Hockenbury’s UVM hire, the school was not able to implement a full hiring process for a permanent replacement, so they posted the opening as a one year position.
“We are very excited to welcome Chris Langevin to our school community as the interim director of student activities,” said SBHS Acting Principal Pat Phillips. “Chris’ experience, energy, and enthusiasm will prove essential in coordinating a very comprehensive program of athletics and activities at South Burlington,” he said.
Langevin was assisted by outgoing Athletic Director Hockenbury, Administrative Assistant Lynn Kynoch, and Middle School Activities Coordinator Glenn Button in his transition into the athletic office. The district has faith that Langevin will maintain the status quo. “We have every confidence that this change will prove seamless and that outstanding opportunities and programs will continue to be provided for our students,” Philips said.
Langevin is a graduate of Missisquoi Valley Union High School and Springfield College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management. He went on to earn a Master’s in Sports Management and Athletic Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
Langevin has taken many turns on a journey that he always hoped would get him back to Vermont as an activities director. “My path lead me to the Basketball Hall of Fame, High School Tournaments on ESPN, the American Hockey League, the University of Missouri Football Team, and Special Olympics Vermont, but I am finally where I set out to be all those years ago,” he said.
He is honored and humbled to be following in the footsteps of O’Day and Hockenbury. “It is not lost on me that this position has only been open twice in the last 30+ years, and I want to continue the storied legacies they have created.” Though it is a temporary position, he hopes to prove he belongs in his dream position for many years to come. “What I want to accomplish is to really get to know these students, and to do anything I can to help them grow both athletically, academically, and as young adults. I am here to make their experience in extra-curricular activities a memorable one, and one that they can enjoy and look back on for years and years to come,” he said.
SOURCE: Drew Gordon, Correspondent