Former St. Joseph High School Athletic Director Jim Olayos leaves behind a record of championships as he heads for Notre Dame of Fairfield.
Olayos left his post earlier this week. An interim director will be appointed soon, said St. Joseph President William Fitzgerald.
"Mr. Olayos built a strong athletic program at St Joseph High School in his 11 years as Athletic Director. Our coaches, our parents, along with every student-athlete, became actively engaged in the success of the mission of the school under his leadership. It is with regret that we watch him venture forward to the next challenge in his life, but we are confident that the move will prove beneficial to diocesan Catholic schooling overall," Fitzgerald said.
According to the St. Joseph Website, Olayos retired from his law practice and took the AD job in 2002.
"Under his leadership the athletics department has seen a tremendous upgrade in facilities and an expansion of the athletics staff, while eleven state championship and six FCIAC championship banners have been hung in the gymnasium. In 2010 St. Joseph was named the top high school athletic program in Connecticut by Sports Illustrated. In 2003 he was voted one of the top 100 most influential people in Connecticut High School Sports," it states.
Olayos graduated from St. Joseph in 1976. As a student, he played basketball and baseball and was a guard on the 1974-75 basketball team that won the first state championship in school history.
Other honors include the New York Daily News "Coach of the Year" Award.
"After graduating from law school, he served as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Bridgeport under New England's all-time winningest basketball coach, Bruce Webster," and was assistant coach to the now-retired St. Joseph AD Vito Montelli.