BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School Athletic Director Bunky Dow was awarded the Gerry Durgin Award for Excellence in Leadership at the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators’ Association banquet in Rockport on Thursday, April 7.
“Bunky [Dow] is an integral member of the leadership team at the high school,” MDI Principal Matt Haney said. “Not only does he guide our coaches, advisors, athletes and performers, but he brings a valuable perspective to school-wide decision making, and I lean on him heavily at times.”
Dow has been student activities director at MDI, his alma mater, for more than 25 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 supervised renovations to the school’s gymnasium, track and tennis courts. He also established the school’s sports hall of fame and the Mount Desert Island Unsung Hero Award.
“The level of respect he has from his peers in the state is obvious, evidenced not only by this award but the many that he has earned over the past several years,” said Haney.
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.
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 was inducted into the Maine Sports Legend Hall of Fame in 2015.
“Athletic directors from across Maine often reach out to Bunky [Dow] for advice and guidance, and he does a great job as a mentor for those just starting out,” said Haney. “He has high standards for participants in our programs, and under his leadership, they rise to the challenge.”