April 6th, 2020

St. X AD Announces Retirment

Samantha Stallings

Staff Writer

St. X AD Announces Retirment
photo by B.I.G. Photo. St. X Yearbook Photo

St. Xavier’s Athletic Director Alan Donhoff announced that he will be retiring in June. We talked with Alan last week about his retirement. During his time at St.X the Tigers have won 141 state championships, the most by any athletic director in school history. Donhoff has also been a part of the St.X faculty for 42 years.

1. What has been your favorite memory as the AD at St. X?  There are so many great memories that I really don’t think that I can choose just one.  I am going to include the opening events at Mueller Field, Thomas More Stadium, and the Wills Center.  The addition of these premier facilities as part of Project X and the realization of the dreams for so many made all three of the nights incredibly special.

2. What are you looking forward to in retirement? I am looking forward to having options every night on where to be and what to do.  I am sure though that some of those nights will be spent checking in on Tiger athletic events.

3. What are some words of encouragement for the St. X student-athletes? I would encourage all St. X students, not just the student athletes, to enjoy the journey.  Make every day in your high school experience count.  Set goals, work hard to achieve them, but focus on the daily work and the time that you have to be with friends and teammates. 

4. What is something you would say to the spring athlete seniors now during this time? I’m sorry that you haven’t had the opportunities to do what you have been preparing to do.  I know that you haven’t had the chance to reach the destination that you wanted, but if you were focused on the journey and the daily work, and your friends, and your teammates, you have still had the opportunity to create memories that you won’t ever forget.  I would also say that life throws curve balls at us all the time.  Be prepared to hit home runs off of as many of those curves as you can.

5. What is your proudest moment as an AD at St. X?  I’m just proud to have been part of the unbelievable St. X community for as long as I have.  I’m proud of St. X – Students, Coaches, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Leaders, Alumni, Families, and friends of the school.  I saw this on Twitter - #TigerStrong

6. What legacy do you want to leave on St. X? That’s really an interesting question.  I think others always decide someone’s legacy.  I only hope that people will recognize me as someone who truly cared about others and wanted them to be successful in all of their endeavors. 

7. Why did you decide to announce your retirement during this time? The decision to retire has been coming for a couple of years.  I actually finalized and announced internally back in mid-February. I believe that its time when you know its time.

8. Knowing that you as AD X has won the most state titles in school history under your direction what do you think that says about your time at X and the Tigers? That’s a pretty cool stat, but I really didn’t win any state titles.  The kids and the coaches won the championships.  I just hope that I was able help them have what they needed in order to make the outcome possible.  Remember that I am a big believer in the journey.  I also hope that our teams that didn’t win championships can look back on their journeys and be glad that they travelled that road.

9. What is something that you think everyone should know about St. X that most people besides you would know? The great thing about St. X is that the commitment to excellence means that we are always striving to be better.  Today’s best only lays the foundation for tomorrow’s better in everything that we do.  From faith formation, to academics, to extra-curricular activities, to facilities, St. X is always working to make the overall experience of our students better.

10. With so many Tiger student-athlete alums during your time as AD have gone on to do great things, like Justin Thomas and many others, what does that say about St. X and the influence you had on the athletic program? I look at the fact that we have over 900 students participating in our athletic programs as the greatest athletic success of all.  Our future college athletes and future pros like JT are incredible members of our programs, but so are the thousands of other students who have been members of our teams throughout the years.


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