MCC Names Boucher Athletic Director

(Bradenton, Fla., July 27, 2006) - Manatee Community College (MCC) has named the 2006 Sarasota County Teacher of the Year and Bradenton resident Peter Boucher as athletic director.

Boucher, 35, will start his new position Aug. 7. As athletic director, Boucher will administer and direct MCC's intercollegiate athletics programs, which include women's softball and volleyball and men's baseball and basketball. Seventy-two student-athletes are on MCC team rosters. The college participates in the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.

"We were impressed with Peter's overall concept of the student-athlete and his demonstrated ability to engage and motivate students of all backgrounds and abilities," said MCC Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services Dr. Donald R. Bowman .

Boucher developed a wellness program for Sarasota County Schools that won the Florida prize in the 2006 national Coca-Cola Wellness Week Competition. His wellness experience will contribute significantly to MCC's continuing development of its comprehensive health and wellness initiatives for students and staff, said Bowman. 

A fervent believer in academics as a student's first priority, Boucher leads by example. He spent this summer vacation completing Harvard University's "Teaching for Understanding" internship, and he was one of four teachers from Australia, China and the United States chosen to be featured in Harvard's documentary scheduled for worldwide production next year.

"This is a dream come true," said Boucher. "It's been a goal to move to full-time athletic director at the college level, and MCC is a fantastic opportunity. We already have a great coaching staff on board. These coaches know how to recruit and how to win. My vision is to continue the commitment to excellence and perpetuate the winning tradition and bring enthusiasm and creative new ideas to the program."

Boucher said he wants to attract members of the community to support MCC athletes. "I want to pack the stands," he said. "We have talented student-athletes and we're the only intercollegiate sports program in the area, so let's bring in more fans."

Boucher has 13 years' experience supervising, coaching and teaching at schools and colleges. Most recently he was assistant athletic director and health education teacher at Venice Middle School. Boucher was named 2006 district Teacher of the Year by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County after just two years in the district.

An avid runner, Boucher was formerly the head coach of a cross-country and track and field program that won five state championships in Massachusetts, garnering him the 1999 U.S. Track & Field National Coach of the Year award by the National Federation of High School Coaches Association.

Boucher has a bachelor's of science in physical education and health from Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater, Mass., and a master's of education from Cambridge College, Cambridge, Mass.

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