High School Sports

Longtime executive Boucher to retire

Larry Boucher is hanging up his administrative suit and tie soon, but it doesn't mean he will be hanging up his officials' uniforms quite yet.

The longtime KHSAA assistant commissioner announced on Monday night that he plans to retire on Oct. 1.

“I love my job,” Boucher said Tuesday, 17 years to the day he started at the KHSAA. “It's the greatest job I've ever had — it's the most stressful job I've ever had — but I've loved it.”

The 61-year-old has at various times been responsible for the administration of golf, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer and basketball, as well as the Title IX program and the Officials Division.

Boucher has been responsible for the evaluating and assignment of tournament officials as well as serving as the rules interpreter in various sports for the KHSAA. In addition, he was chairman of the National Federation of State High School Associations Basketball Rules Committee from 2001 to 2005.

He is still a licensed official in both volleyball and softball and hasn't ruled out staying involved in that after retirement.

“You may see me around in the upcoming years,” he said. “It's hard to stay away from.”

While at the KHSAA, Boucher instituted an annual Officials Award Banquet. The Bowling Green native also has served as a clinician at numerous conferences and camps throughout the country.

“Larry's passion and dedication to his career and the KHSAA will be missed,” Commissioner Brigid DeVries said in a release from the governing body. “His love for officiating and the development, recruitment and training of officials is one of the great reasons why we now license over 4,000 individuals.”

A retirement reception will be held Sept. 20 at Embassy Suites in Lexington.