Gerry Durgin ‘68 / Fryeburg Academy’s 2018 Distinguished Alumnus
Fryeburg Academy Alumni Association President, David Richardson ‘84, presented the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award to Gerald Durgin ’68, at Fryeburg Academy’s Annual Alumni Reunion Banquet on Saturday, August 18.
It is hard to imagine another person that has had a greater impact on interscholastic activities in Maine than Gerry Durgin. As a student at Fryeburg Academy, he was a three-sport athlete who later went on to an outstanding career at the University of Maine at Farmington. In 1972, he began his teaching and coaching career at Telstar High School in Bethel where he would also serve as the school’s athletic administrator. In 1984, he returned to Fryeburg Academy, where he served as the school’s dean of students, athletic administrator, teacher, dorm parent, and coach. Classes taught included, English, biology, anatomy/physiology, and math; and sports coached included, football, soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. In 1993, he moved to Gorham High School, serving as that school’s athletic administrator until 2011. In the fall of 2011, he became an assistant executive director of the Maine Principals’ Association.
Throughout his career, Gerry has been involved with the MIAAA, serving on their board of directors for 15 years and as an assistant director from 1997-2005. He was the chair of the MIAAA State Conference for 10 years, as well as the editor of their newsletter for many years. At the national level, his involvement with the NIAAA has included being a member of the NIAAA Publications Committee, serving a four-year term on the Board of Directors as well as serving as the organization’s president in 2007. He chaired the NIAAA Third Strategic Plan and served as the chair of the first NIAAA Accreditation Committee. At the state level, he has hosted numerous regional and state championships, has presented at many state and national conferences and developed “Citizenship Recognition Programs” in two different athletic conferences.
He currently serves as the state tournament director in golf, football, and basketball. He has been an adjunct professor at the USM and Saint Joseph’s College. While at the MPA, he has developed a statewide sportsmanship program for all interscholastic activities and also started the MPA Golf Tournament, which provides financial assistance for those students that attend the New England Student Leadership Conference, as well as five scholarships to Maine high school students. Gerry has been recognized with numerous honors throughout his storied career. In 1993, Gerry was chosen as the MIAAA Athletic Director of the Year, he received a State Award of Merit in 1999, and in 2010 the MIAAA established the Gerry Durgin Leadership Award. Gerry was also recently named the Executive Director for the State of Maine’s Athletic Director’s Association.
At the national level, he received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1999, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and received an NFHS Citation in 2002. In 2010, he received the NIAAA Award of Merit, the nation’s highest honor presented to an athletic administrator, and remains the only person from all of New England to receive the award. He has been inducted into the Fryeburg Academy Hall of Fame (in their inaugural class), the Gorham High School Hall of Fame, into the NIAAA Hall of Fame in 2012, and in 2017 into the MPA Hall of Excellence. Gerry and his wife, Ellen, reside in Gorham and have two grown daughters Alicia and Jennifer, and six grandchildren, Jackson, Joey, Jamie, Elizabeth, Brecken, and Kinsley.