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Former BHS Athletic Director dies suddenly

8/9/2013, 9:30 a.m.
Friends and family are mourning the loss of former Bolingbrook High School Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities Alec Anderson ...
Former Bolingbrook High School Athletic Director Alec Anderson died suddenly Wednesday.

Friends and family are mourning the loss of former Bolingbrook High School Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities Alec Anderson who died Wednesday evening.

Mr. Anderson, 54, who left BHS a year ago to become Athletic Director at

Homewood-Flossmoor High School, was found unresponsive in an H-F exercise room where he had been working out alone on a treadmill, according to school reports.

“He was well respected not only by those with whom he worked, but also by his colleagues throughout the Southwest Suburban Conference, the Illinois Athletic Directors Association and the Illinois High School Association,” said Rob Rose, who succeeded Mr. Anderson as BHS Assistant Principal of Athletics and Activities. “He was special to all of us at the Brook, especially the students who he worked tirelessly for every single day.”

In an interview conducted just before he left BHS, Anderson called himself a “very fortunate” man giving all the credit for the tremendous athletics and activities growth BHS experienced under his leadership to his predecessor, Hall of Famer Larry Bernard.

“Timing is everything. We just tried to continue what he did,” he said. “Yes, the state championships have been a lot of fun. But it’s been great to see the growth in the Bolingbrook programs that don’t get the notoriety that basketball or football does.”

Teams under his supervision as athletic director at three different Illinois high schools (Evanston, Urbana and BHS) won seven state championships, five of them coming during his seven-year tenure at Bolingbrook.

“I learned most of what I know with regard to Athletic Administration from Alec Anderson,” Rose said. “What hurts most is that I will no longer have the opportunity to pick up the phone to get advice from him on how to handle every-day situations.

“I know I speak for a lot of people when I say that he will be truly missed as a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend, and a colleague.”

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Lax Mortuary in Kankakee.