Scott Devine was named the director of athletics and recreation at St. Mary's College of Maryland in July 2000 after 15 years in Division I athletics at the University of Massachusetts and Tulane University.
Devine sits on the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Athletic Council and is the longest tenured athletic director (AD) in the conference. He has been a force behind advancements in the CAC office such as advocating for the league's first full-time commissioner and serving as the search committee chair, appointing current CAC Commissioner Tom Byrnes in 2008.
The Hyde Park, N.Y. native was also an active participant in all CAC expansion and membership efforts as he is the only CAC AD who attended every campus visit to all prospective institutions. Devine also supported the establishment of the first full-time CAC Assistant Commissioner position and was one of two ADs to serve on the search committee.
Within the conference leadership structure, he served as president of the CAC from 2006 to 2008 and as the CAC vice president from 2004 to 2006. Devine currently holds the position of permanent CAC treasurer, making him the only conference AD to serve in all three leadership positions.
He holds an integral presence on the St. Mary's campus as well, serving on several standing committees such as the Students of Concern Committee, the College Awards Committee, the Pre-Matriculation Planning Committee, the Admissions Advisory Committee, and the Community Relations Sub-Committee of the Board of Trustees. In addition, Devine serves in liaison roles with several key offices including Student Affairs, Advancement, and Alumni Relations.
The Department of Athletics & Recreation has experienced tremendous growth and expansion under Devine. He helped to develop the Seahawk logo and word mark plus has overseen the addition of four varsity sports - men's & women's cross country (2009); men's & women's rowing (2016-17) - to bring the total number of varsity sport offerings at St. Mary's to 19. Consequently, the Seahawks have enjoyed the deepest and largest rosters in sports program history, leading to student-athletes accounting for close to 25% of St. Mary's student body.
The Seahawk facilities have seen vast improvements as well, such as the completion of the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center (MPOBARC) in Spring 2005 which houses the 1,200-seat MPOBARC Arena. In summer 2016, the College raised $2.5 million dollars and secured $76 million dollars in State of Maryland funding for a new academic building and a new athletic stadium complex (expected completion 2019).
Academic success is one of Devine's pillars and he presided over an impressive eight-year streak (2008-2015) in which the Seahawks lead the CAC in academic performance with the highest percentage of student-athletes with a 3.2 GPA or higher.
The Seahawks have also been a major player in community service initiatives during Devine's watch. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) take on community service projects each year, including food drives, Halloween at the ARC, adopt-a-family, and developing a relationship with Special Olympics.
In addition, each head coach is involved with community service projects at the team level. All told, the Seahawks are cumulatively committing several hundreds of hours of community service each year. Devine was proud to receive a National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA)/JOSTENS Community Service Award at the 2015 NCAA Convention as the school won an Award of Merit in the category of An Array of Projects.
In 2007, the Physical Fitness and Recreational Sports program was placed under the umbrella of athletics and recreation, leading to the doubling of courses offered at half the cost. The SMCM intramurals program has also flourished under Devine's leadership with participation averaging 800 students annually.
Off campus, he has been involved with the St. Mary's County Tourism and Hospitality master planning process, serving on the future of sports and recreation focus group as well as advising on how to attract athletic events and youth sport tournaments to the Southern Maryland region.
He began at Tulane in 1991 as Assistant AD for Athletic Student Life and quickly rose to Associate AD for Athletic Student Life in 1994; Senior Associate AD for External Affairs in 1995; and Interim AD in 1999. As Senior Associate AD, Devine oversaw Tulane's scheduling, game management, broadcast rights, licensing, marketing and promotions, sports publicity, corporate sponsorships, ticket operations, and relations with Conference USA. He was instrumental in establishing the Student-Athlete Advisory Board, the Student-Athlete 3.0 Club and the Tulane Mediation Team, a group of professional staffers trained to help settle student and faculty disputes.
Devine came to Tulane after six years at UMass, the last three as Director of Academic Support Services for more than 500 student-athletes.
Devine is a member of several professional associations including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); NADIIIAA; the Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (MACDA), serving as its president from 2008 to 2010; and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
- Bachelor's from the University of New Brunswick (1983)
- Master's in sports management from the University of Massachusetts (1986)
- Lives in Leonardtown with wife, Karen
- Has two daughters, Kelli (Laracy) and Kaitlin (Butler)
- Proud grandparents of Gregory, Mary, and Phillip Laracy