Alec Anderson to replace Joe Skowronski as athletic director at H-FAlec Anderson
Updated: March 28, 2012 8:04PM
The way Alec Anderson sees it, “timing is everything.”
In his seven years as Bolingbrook’s athletic director, he’s presided over a golden era, including the dynasty in girls basketball and the Raiders’ first state football championship in the fall.
Now, he will be moving on to another school rich in athletic success, Homewood-Flossmoor.
“I wasn’t looking to leave here, I wasn’t pursuing anything else, but I knew Joe (Skowronski) was retiring at H-F, and they called and asked me if I would be interested in applying,” the 53-year-old Anderson said. “I talked with my wife and we decided the benefits made it worth trying.”
The Andersons live in Kankakee. The key benefit, he said, is reducing his daily commute from 70 minutes to perhaps 35.
“I’m not ready to retire, but lessening the commute is a good thing when you can see the light of retirement even though it’s not right around the corner,” he said.
“Plus, H-F, like Bolingbrook, is a quality school and competitive in athletics. I’ll be staying in what I think is the best conference in Illinois (SouthWest Suburban Blue) top to bottom.”
Anderson has been an AD for 15 years, with stops at Urbana and Evanston before Bolingbrook. He followed Larry Bernard at Bolingbrook and credits Bernard for his help, especially when Anderson was new to the Valley View School District.
Rob Rose, Bolingbrook’s assistant athletic director, will be named the new AD pending board approval April 16. Anderson will begin at H-F on July 1.
“This has been a great experience,” Anderson said. “It was a very difficult decision because I made a lot of good friends among coaches and teachers here. It’s with mixed emotions I accepted the job at H-F. It’s a feeling like you’re leaving your wife or girlfriend, if that makes sense.”