Keller ISD Athletics Director to Retire June 2018
Keller ISD Athletics Director Bob DeJonge is announcing that he will retire, effective June 29, after 38 years in public education.
DeJonge has served as Athletics Director for the past 17 years, having previously served as a teacher, coach, and Director of Secondary Curriculum. In all, he will have worked in KISD for 27 years.
“Over the years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with eager and willing students, ever-encouraging peers, and supervisors who inspired growth while affording me opportunities to serve in a leadership capacity,” DeJonge said. “The 27 years that I have spent in Keller have been rewarding in every sense of the word.”
Under DeJonge’s leadership, Keller ISD has doubled from two high schools to four. Today, KISD Athletics serves 10,000 student athletes, averaging 100 All-State performers annually, with more than 70 percent of all teams earning their way to the playoffs.
“Without question, these accomplishments represent the talents of many young people, but we wouldn’t get to this level without the commitment of over 300 coaches and athletic trainers,” DeJonge said. “I am continually amazed as I watch our coaches, at all levels and in all sports, build relationships based on trust, character, and perseverance.”
DeJonge has been a member of the Rotary for the past 18 years, spending 14 years as a member of the Keller Rotary where he served as Rotary President in 2009, and serving as a member of the Golden Triangle Rotary Club for the past four years. He has been named Rotarian of the Year by both clubs. In addition, DeJonge has been a member of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association (THSADA) for the last 18 years, during which he served as the Region III (DFW) Director, Awards Committee Chairman, Association President in 2015, and currently serves on the Board as the Committee Coordinator. DeJonge was inducted into the THSADA Hall of Honor in 2017.
DeJonge and his wife Tricia have been married for nearly 38 years and have two daughters – Loren and Carly – along with three grandchildren. Tricia worked for 34 years as an elementary school teacher, teaching fourth grade at Florence Elementary and working as an Intervention Specialist until retirement in 2016.
“Tricia and I have always enjoyed traveling to various state and national parks,” DeJonge said. “I’m sure we will continue that tradition, only now we’ll have a few grandchildren joining us.”
DeJonge is announcing his retirement in advance so that Keller ISD administration can begin recruiting and perhaps determine his replacement this spring. Keller ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick Westfall said DeJonge brought to his role leadership and a unique ability to connect with people.
“We will definitely miss Bob,” Westfall said. “We know that much of Keller ISD’s athletic success is attributed directly to his leadership. He exemplifies excellence and believes strongly in the development of young leaders through participation in team sports. He also brought experience and a true sense of joy to the job!”
DeJonge plans to return to the workforce someday, but in a limited capacity. For now, he is reflecting on a career he has loved and looking forward to enjoying each and every day, from now until retirement.
“I plan on making every day as special as the first 7,800,” DeJonge said. “My family and I are blessed to have had this amazing experience, and we appreciate everyone who has contributed to it!”