AD Dow honored with national award


Bunky Dow

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Athletic Director Bunky Dow is set to travel to National Harbor, Maryland, next month to accept a national Citation Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations. Dow was named top athletic administrator for a region including all of New England, Pennsylvania and New York.

He has been student activities director at MDI, his alma mater, for the past 24 years. Along the way, he has coached several sports and has devoted countless hours of service to the Maine Principals Association (MPA) and the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA).

Dow was varsity baseball coach at MDI from 1988 to 2002, an assistant football coach for seven years, freshman basketball coach for nine years and JV girls soccer coach for two years.

As athletic director, Dow has led renovations to the school’s gymnasium, track and tennis courts. He also established the school’s hall of fame and the Mount Desert Island Unsung Hero Award. Most recently, Dow was successful in gaining approval for the hiring of a full-time athletic trainer.

He has been secretary of the school’s athletic conference for 22 years, as well as chair of the conference’s Baseball, Softball, Cheer and Outdoor Track Committees.

At the state level, Dow has served on the MPA Cheering, Softball and Advisory Committees and is currently chair of the MPA Classification Committee. He also serves on the Sport Done Right Board and has been site director for state track and wrestling meets. Within the state athletic directors association, Dow is a member of the MIAAA Executive Committee and is currently the organization’s associate director. He was MIAAA president in 2003-04.

Nationally, Dow has attended four National Athletic Directors Conferences and has completed 29 NIAAA Leadership Training Courses. He earned his Certified Athletic Administrator designation in 1999 and received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 2011. He also received a Special Achievement Award from the MIAAA this year.

After graduating from MDI in 1978, Dow earned his bachelor’s degree from Husson College in Bangor.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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