Gil begins 1st year as Kenwood AD

Les Gil (contributed photo)

By Joseph Phillips
Sports writer

The 2019-2020 season will be Les Gil’s first as athletic director of the Kenwood Academy Broncos.

Prior to his hiring as AD, Gil performed in a number of key positions within the school, including serving as special education instructor, head coach for the boys basketball intramural team, boys basketball 7th and 8th grade team, head coach of the boys freshmen basketball team, assistant coach for the boys junior varsity basketball team, assistant coach for the boys varsity basketball team, and dean of students of Kenwood Academy from 2011-2019.

Gil is a graduate of Hyde Park Career Academy (Class of 91), where he excelled in a number of areas academically, including the fields of business, sports and communication.

Following his high school career, Gil graduated from Devry University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Class of 1999) and entered the military shortly after in the early 2000’s.

Since joining Kenwood in 2011, Gil said he sometimes looks at himself as the utility man on campus, due to his willingness to serve and go anywhere he’s appointed by leadership of the school.

“I’m more of a glue person,” said Gil, during an interview with the Herald. “In spite of coaching changes or regime changes, I’m the type of person that sees optimism in problems and (choose) positivity over negativity.”

In addition to his willingness to serve anywhere within the school, Gil said that his military and communication background has strongly prepared him for the position. With a short and long-term goal to help increase awareness for all sports teams on campus.

“My short-term goal is to increase the visibility of each program,” Gil said. “To speak about our previous athletic director (Danae Russell), (she) did an outstanding job (when she was here). I just want to come in and enhance the foundation she already established. And a little twist to it.”

As athletic director, Gil said he prides himself on using sports as a teaching tool to help improve students academic performance in the class room, build relationships, give hope to those who feel they don’t have hope and help develop careers for students who will experience “life after sports.”

“My endgame for our athletic program is that we compete and be successful,” Gil said.