Posted: 4:45 pm Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Boca Raton AD Bill Massey retires, but may return 

By Matt Porter

Longtime athletic director and FHSAA Hall of Fame inductee Bill Massey retired Monday after 30 years on the job in South Florida.

It’s possible his retirement won’t last long, however.

During his 23 years at Spanish River and six at Boca Raton, Massey, 62, is credited with helping boys volleyball and girls flag football become FHSAA-recognized sports. He also developed a partnership with the National Football League to encourage nationwide youth participation in flag football participation.

Massey, who also spent a year as Suncoast’s AD, was a national faculty member of both the ASEP Coaches Education and NIAAA Leadership Training programs and was FIAAA president in 2005. He was inducted into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2005.

He was inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame in April.

Lewis Burnham, 27, will take over as new athletic director. He was Massey’s assistant for several seasons. Massey said he would help through the transition.

Other than that, Massey joked, he plans to do “as little as possible” in his retirement.

However, Massey said he may eventually return to school administration. In 2007, he and his wife Paige signed up for the state’s five-year deferred retirement program. As part of that program, neither can work as a state employee for six months. He would be eligible to return in February.

“It’s an option,” Massey said of coming back, saying Boca High principal Geoff McKee extended an offer for Massey to return.

Then-Spanish River athletic director Bill Massey poses for a photo in 2003, when he was elected into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

Then-Spanish River athletic director Bill Massey poses for a photo in 2003, when he was elected into the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame. (Bruce R. Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)