Mr. Durkee enters his 20th year as a teacher and coach at Saint Mary’s. He dedicated his first twelve years as a freshman and sophomore theology instructor. He now begins his eighth year as the freshman boys and girls physical education/health teacher. Mr. Durkee earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Grand Valley State University and his master’s in theology from Mount Angel Seminary. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s he taught in Catholic elementary schools in Miami, Florida and Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a life insurance agent for a Catholic fraternal insurance company in Phoenix. Mr. Durkee has been a cross-country coach at Saint Mary’s since the program began in 2000. He also re-established the track and field program at Saint Mary’s in 2002 after many years of not having the sport at the school. His Father-in-law, wife, and three children are all graduates of Saint Mary’s. Mr. Durkee and his family are proud to say “once a knight, always a knight”. He and his wife attend Saint Francis Xavier Parish.