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Athletic Director Jon Bartlett ’87 to Leave at End of School Year

BC High Announces Athletic Director Jon Bartlett to Leave at End of School Year

Boston, MA (February 22, 2022): Jon Bartlett, BC High Class of 1987, has announced he will leave his role effective June 30, to accept the same position at St. Sebastian School in Needham.

Bartlett has been a part of the BC High community since graduating from Colby College in the early 1990’s. His deep commitment to the Jesuit, Catholic values instilled in him as a student brought him back to his alma mater to serve a number of different roles over the years. Starting as assistant to the Vice Principal of Student Affairs, he has served in numerous roles including dean of students, assistant football coach, assistant varsity basketball coach, head varsity football coach and most recently as athletic director, a role he held for the past 21 years. His accolades are numerous and include two Super Bowl titles, four Catholic Conference Championships, a Division 1 Coach of Year, and a State Athletic Director of the Year honor. Perhaps more important than wins and losses to Jon was the character of the young men that wore the Eagles uniform.

BC High President Grace Cotter Regan shared, “We are indebted to Jon for his years of service to the BC High community, his commitment to the student-athletes who he helped form, and for ensuring BC High athletics remain one of the most respected programs in the region. Jon’s care of our young men was always his first priority, whether he was coaching them on the football field, serving alongside them on retreat, or ultimately guiding their formation as athletic director.”

Cotter Regan continued, “personally, I watched Jon mentor my son, Bartley, and lead the 2011 football team to a memorable season, capped off by a Super Bowl win. Jon, his wife Julie, and their children have always been a special part of the BC High family that I hold very dear. I will miss seeing Jon each day but know that he will continue to cheer on the Eagles whenever possible.”

As athletic director, Bartlett was instrumental in growing the program from 14 to 20 varsity sports with nearly 1,000 student-athletes on 74 teams from the middle school through varsity levels. Under his careful guidance, student-athletes honor and uphold the pillars of the program, hard work, humility, respect, and teamwork. Further, he has established himself as a leader and earned the respect and admiration of his peers in the MIAA and beyond. Proudly, the athletics program received national recognition and ranked #4 for Best Athletic Program for Student-Athletes by Niche in 2021.

Of the opportunity, Principal Adam Lewis added, “St. Sebastian’s is blessed to welcome an outstanding servant leader to their community. Jon has a deep understanding of the important role athletics plays in the formation of young men in a Catholic, faith-based context. We know he will continue to lead based on his Jesuit ideals, and the values of humility and teamwork that he has instilled in our athletics program at BC High. We will miss Jon, wish him well, and know he always has a home on Morrissey Boulevard.”

Bartlett added, “I am humbled to have been part of the great history at BC High. This community has been family to me over the years, always in support. When I reflect back, it is an honor to know the BC High Athletic Department has been recognized not just regionally, but also at a national level. These awards, along with the state and conference titles seen in the rafters, are a credit to the coaches and athletes who have represented the school with Eagle Pride over the years. But beyond the awards, what I will take away mostly from my experience at the school, is the human relationships I formed, and the support I have received over the years, from the BC High Administration, Coaching Staff, Faculty and Staff, Parents, and Alumni. And of course, thank you to the BC High students. You are the reason we are in this business, and you are the ones always making us proud. Finally, thank you to St. Sebastian’s. I look forward to this opportunity in the next chapter of my life. God Bless.”

About Boston College High School: Boston College High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college-preparatory school for young men in grades 7 to 12. Founded in 1863, the school enrolls approximately 1,400 students from more than 100 communities in eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit bchigh.edu.