Tommy Mealy approved as ELCO sporting director marking end of an era at Bishop McDevitt

Tommy Mealy wore many hats during his time at Bishop McDevitt.

He has been a football team captain, state champion, athletic director, and coach or assistant coach for the better part of the past two decades.

But it’s time for a new hat.

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Mealy was approved Tuesday night as the new athletic director of ELCO High School where he will succeed former District III President Doug Bohannon. He is expected to start his new position around the holidays and New Years.

Although Mealy has been McDevitt’s athletic director since 2005 — he’s the longest-serving AD in school history — he has a connection to ELCO. He was a football assistant and history teacher at the school from 2000 to 2004 after graduating from Lebanon Valley College, where he played football collegially.

And, Mealy said, he developed many relationships with students, colleagues, coaches and alumni while there.

“I also met my wife Jessica there when we were both junior educators, Mealy said. “The move will be an upgrade for my family which includes three children (Kayla, Jenna and Trey) and it is also a new professional challenge and an opportunity for me to take on a new role with professional growth as a full-time administrator. The mission and purpose is always the same for me – to help lead and guide, to serve and to make others better along the way.

Sporting Director Tommy Mealy shovels snow. Volunteers join Bishop McDevitt employees to clear the field at Rocco Ortenzio Stadium so the Class 4A District 3 Semi-Final game against Conrad Weiser can go ahead as scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday. November 16, 2018. Dan Gleiter | [email protected] PENNLIVE.COMPENNLIVE.COM

He will struggle to top his McDevitt run, however.

After returning to school in 2005 – he graduated in 1996 after helping lead the 1995 Crusaders to a 2A football state title – Mealy worked as a teacher, coach and administrator. His face was a common site at McDevitt sporting events.

He taught history and coached football, athletics – he left that role in 2020 as the school’s all-time winningest coach – and even stepped in to lead the tennis team boys when she needed a coach.

Mealy also helped oversee McDevitt’s move from Market Street in Harrisburg to One Crusader Way during the 2012–13 year. He was named Athletic Director of the Year at Mid-Penn for 2015-16, and during his time the Crusaders added boys and girls to lacrosse, wrestling, bowling and women’s volleyball and all with impressive results.

Mealy said that during his time, McDevitt won 50 Mid-Penn tag team titles and 25 District 3 championships.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve the Bishop McDevitt administration, students, faculty, coaching staff, alumni base and community,” he said. “I am also very grateful for all of the invaluable relationships and memories that have been forged over the years through athletics and I will miss Bishop McDevitt deeply in so many ways.”

And, Mealy said, he believes Crusaders success will continue without him.

“It’s always been about more than one person,” he said. “We’ve had a great run across the board for some time and I predicted the 2022-23 sports school year would be the best ever. Ultimately the kids and the coaches have been an inspiration to work with, watch and be a part of my tenure. I am committed to overseeing the fall sports teams that will compete in the upcoming District III playoffs, complete my commitment to the football program as an assistant coach through December, kick off winter sports on a good note and end things the right way. The priority has always been Bishop McDevitt and our student-athletes, not me.

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