Carlos Boothby steps down as Saint Stephen's athletic director

jlembo@bradenton.comApril 19, 2014 

BRADENTON -- Carlos Boothby isn't looking for greener pastures.

Instead, he is looking for different ones.

Boothby is stepping down as Saint Stephen's athletic director at the conclusion of the school year, ending an association with the school from which he graduated in 1983.

"There's nothing crazy going on. I just decided I needed to take a step back," Boothby said. "It's a huge commitment and a lot of hours. During winter break, we did some re-evaluating, my wife and I, and we decided to look for something different and see what we can find."

After graduating from Saint Stephen's, Boothby returned to his alma mater to coach girls basketball during the 1994-95 season and became the assistant athletic director in 1999. He was promoted to athletic director in 2011.

Boothby's wife, Jean, teaches science at Saint Stephen's and is staying at the school. And his three children -- Jenny, Charlie and Stephanie -- all graduated from Saint Stephen's. Jenny and Stephanie also played basketball under Carlos.

"I got to be a part of their athletics, and that was big," said Boothby, who was working at the Tampa Convention Center before Dave Samler, the Falcons' athletic director at the time, asked him to be his assistant. "I had the same vacations as my wife and kids."

Yet Boothby started considering leaving in the fall. In January, he told Jan Pullen, Saint Stephen's head of school, he wouldn't be back for the 2014-15 year.

"It's a big decision and a huge hiring process," Boothby said. "I just didn't want to go up to Jan at the end of the school year and say, 'I'm not coming back.'"

Lenny Paoletti will replace Boothby, and Tim Mulqueen will serve as the associate AD. Paoletti comes from Melbourne Holy Trinity, where he served the same post. Mulqueen was the director of sports and sports marketing at the Premier Sports Complex and has more than 20 years of soccer coaching experience, including six years as an assistant on the U.S. men's national team.

Under Boothby, Saint Stephen's constructed a $4.5 million athletic facility that included an artificial turf football stadium with lights and new baseball and softball fields.

Even though he is stepping down as AD, Boothby plans on frequenting Saint Stephen's events.

"I'm still going to come to the games and support the kids, support the coaches," Boothby said. "That's the part that's fun. ... I think (Saint Stephen's) is in a better place now. It was never in a bad place, but it's a better place than when I started. That's what you shoot for."

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