Gorham High Athletic Director Gerry Durgin is the 2010 recipient of the Award of Merit, presented by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Durgin will receive his award Dec. 19 in Orlando, Fla., at the 41st annual National Athletic Directors Conference. The Award of Merit is the most prestigious award presented by the NIAAA to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in interscholastic athletics or related areas.

Durgin has been a teacher, coach and athletic administrator for 38 years, including 17 years at Gorham. He previously spent 11 years at Telstar Regional High School and 10 years at Fryeburg Academy.

Durgin has served on the board of directors for the Maine Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association for 15 years and was assistant executive director from 1997-2005. He also was chair of the MIAAA State Conference for 10 years, editor of the organization’s newsletter and a frequent presenter at the state conference.

Durgin was MIAAA liaison to the Maine Summer Institute for Athletic Administrators, and he was the state’s NIAAA Leadership Training Institute coordinator from 1999-2007. In 1993, he was named Athletic Director of the Year by the MIAAA. This year, the MIAAA established the Gerry Durgin Leadership Award.

Durgin has been a fixture with the NIAAA for more than 20 years. He was chair of the NIAAA Publications Committee from 1993-2004, served a four-year term on the NIAAA Board of Directors and was president of the organization in 2007. He was chairman of the NIAAA’s third strategic plan in 2009 and has been a Leadership Training Institute instructor at two national conferences.

Among his previous awards, Durgin received the NIAAA State Award of Merit in 1999, the NIAAA Distinguished Service Award in 2000, and a citation from the National Federation of High School Associations in 2002.

 

The Falmouth High sailing team placed third at the Interscholastic Sailing Association Atlantic Coast Championships in Toms River, N.J.

Falmouth competed against 17 other high schools along the East Coast. The format included an “A” boat and a “B” boat from each school, with two sailors per boat. Falmouth’s boats were skippered by Charlie Lalumiere and Francesco Montanari. Ellie MacEwan was the crew member on Lalumiere’s boat, and Montanari was joined by Myles Everett.

 

Camille Auger of Kennebunk High signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Assumption College, an NCAA Division II school in Worcester, Mass. Auger, who plans to concentrating on marketing and business studies, was an All-America honorable mention and earned all-state and all-conference as a junior last spring.

 

Greg Pirone made a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth on Nov. 12. Pirone used a pitching wedge for the 140-yard shot, which was witnessed by Bill Muller, John Hammontree and Matt Stowell.