Marty Bee, retired Naperville Central High School athletic director, was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.
As retired athletic directors often do, Marty Bee was heading out to play golf when we interrupted him.
He declined to specify his handicap.
“It’s getting better,” he said.
When you encountered Bee at a Naperville Central athletic event you’d get that positive vibe. He exuded a calm, comfortable presence, his pleasant disposition and smile suggesting he knew exactly what was going on at all times. Probably not coincidentally, Redhawks athletics enjoyed a halcyon period of success.
Bee’s role and influence was acknowledged on April 30 in East Peoria when he was inducted into the Illinois Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. Since 1996 many DuPage County administrators have been enshrined in this body including his mentor, retired Naperville North athletic director Neil McCauley.
After a great tenure as Naperville North’s girls cross country coach, including the 1993 Class AA title, Bee transitioned into administration as an assistant under McCauley. When the chance arrived Bee became Naperville Central’s athletic director, from 1996 to his retirement in 2012.
He participated on many commissions and boards for the IADA, Illinois High School Association and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. For years he’s been on the board of the JKB Experiential Education Foundation, the leadership project for high school student-athletes.
Peers respect that commitment to service. Retired Andrew High School athletic director Rich Piatchek nominated his old friend for the IADA Hall.
“I guess he felt I deserved to at least be nominated,” Bee said.
By November 2012 Marty and his wife, Barb, had relocated to Georgetown, Texas, outside of Austin. Their oldest son, Eric, lives close by with his wife and three children. Marty and Barb return to Illinois about four or five times a year, he said, to visit their mothers, two other sons, and undoubtedly a lot of former golfing buddies.
Their most recent trip to Illinois, for the induction ceremony, came with a bonus.
“The best thing about the whole night is Neil McCauley and his wife, Penny, came down for the induction. Neil was the one who got me into the whole business. For my wife and I it was special to have them there,” Bee said.