James Broadous II, an administrator at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, was named a Distinguished Lasallian Educator by the Christian Brothers Conference.

The award recognizes educators who exemplify the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of Christian teachers of youth. It is presented annually in the name of all Lasallians of the Lasallian region of North America to seven honorees from the three North American districts.

It was the second time in De La Salle North’s 19-year-history that one of its staff members received the award. 

When Broadous joined the school as director of admissions, he attracted families to the school’s mission by serving as a mentor to students. As a dean, he advises his students with delicate concern and appropriate accountability, according to school staff.

As a basketball coach, his prowess on the court is not only embodied by state championship teams, but also by the words of a student who said: “I play for Coach because he teaches me to be a better man.”

Broadous’ servant leadership typifies his recognition as a Distinguished Lasallian Educator, say school leaders.

Broadous is in his eighth year on the faculty and currently serves both on the school’s leadership team as vice principal for student life and in the athletic department as head men’s basketball coach.

Previously he served as director of admissions and as athletic director.

His contributions to the school’s athletic program as basketball coach have included five state championship appearances in seven seasons and, in 2018 and 2019, state championships.