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Xaverian athletic director Charlie Stevenson retiring

Westwood, MA 09/10/16 Everett and Xaverian high school football.....................(George Rizer for the Globe) for SPORTS XAVERIAN COACH CHARLIE STEVENSON
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Charlie Stevenson oversaw an unprecendented run of success at Xaverian.

After 20 years at the helm, Charlie Stevenson will retire from his role as athletic director at Xaverian at the end of the academic year.

A graduate of Xaverian, Stevenson returned to the school to coach the freshman football team in 1971 before rising through the ranks to the head coach position in 1993. He was named athletic director in 1997 and has overseen an incredible run of success for Xaverian athletics.

“Since 1965 when Charlie Stevenson came to Xaverian as a freshman, he has been a loyal friend, colleague, leader, coach and athletic director who consistently demonstrates his commitment to Xaverian’s core values,” said Xaverian headmaster Brother Daniel Skala. “His mark is seen in every aspect of our athletic program and his legacy is a tangible part of our history.”

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During his 24-year tenure as head football coach, the Hawks went 206-63-1 with 14 Catholic Conference Championships, 10 Super Bowl appearances, and seven state titles. The 66-year-old Stevenson stepped down as head coach last fall and handed the reigns to former defensive coordinator Al Fornaro, who led the team to the Super Bowl in 2017.

“I would like to express my immense gratitude to all of the people with whom I have had the chance to share these opportunities and experiences,” said Stevenson. “I trust as I go that Xaverian’s golden age is not behind us, but in front of us, and that whoever follows me will help usher us to it.”

Dan McLoone can be reached at dan.mcloone@globe.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @CoachMcLoone