Midtown: Sports

Longtime Broughton athletics director Jack Spain retiring

Longtime Broughton athletics director Jack Spain will retire at the end of this month after 27 years at the school.

Broughton principal Stephen Mares said Spain will be very difficult to replace.

“He’s a legend and it’s tough to replace a legend, but it’s a circle of life,” Mares said. “We’ll find a replacement, but it’s a big loss and there will be a hole that he used to fill.”

Spain will officially leave the position on Aug. 31, and Mares hopes to have someone in that position the next day in order to limit any issues as the athletics department begins the fall sports season.

School administrators have already begun interviewing prospective candidates, though the job opening was still posted on the Wake County Public School System website and Mares said they were still accepting applications.

Spain, a native of Winston-Salem, worked as an athletics trainer in private practice and for USA Wrestling before going to Broughton in 1986.

In addition to his role as athletic director, Spain taught physical education classes at the school and has become known beyond Raleigh and Wake County through working with the county athletics department and assisting the N.C. High School Athletics Association with state championships held in Raleigh.

“He does more than just for Broughton; he does for Wake County and he does for the state, so he’ll also be missed there,” Mares said.

Beyond all of his administrative duties, Spain made his impact on a personal level, Mares said.

“He’s a good man first and foremost, and that’s what we’re going to miss,” Mares said. “The athletic director will be a loss, but it’s really the loss of losing a high-quality man.”