There are more and more indications that Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan is very much in the mix to replace Gene DeFilippo, who retired on Sept. 30th. Unless there are last-minute snags, a decision could be made in the next several days.
Corrigan will be at West Point on Saturday afternoon watching the Cadets play Boston College, which may be why the timing of finding a replacement for DeFilippo has gone so slowly.
If an announcement had been made in the past few days that Corrigan was indeed the selection, the awkwardness of dealing with a game involving Corrgian’s old school and new school would have been unavoidable.
But once the game is played on Saturday, Corrigan can then proceed with business, which could very well be taking a giant step forward in both pay and prestige by moving to a BCS level school, with BC willing to pay nearly 3 times as much as the $230,000 per year Corrigan reportedly is paid by Army
Corrigan’s pedigree is impeccable, as a Notre Dame graduate and with strong academic and athletic ties throughout the ACC.
Corrigan is also the youngest son of former ND, and Virginia AD and former ACC Commissioner Gene Corrigan.
We will re-post the description in the he Army media guide of Corrigan’s credentials and background.
“”In his short time as athletic director, Corrigan has strengthened and expanded Army Athletics’ relationships in several key areas. In recent months, Army has secured a new apparel agreement with Nike, a new pouring rights contract with Coke and bringing in the Aspire Group to enhance ticket sales and better serve Army season ticket holders. Corrigan also crafted the Team Army concept, a comprehensive plan designed to add significant value to Army’s corporate sponsorships while maintaining the tradition of West Point Athletics.
Corrigan, who has a proven record as a fundraiser, spearheaded changes in the Army A Club and ticket operations that have resulted in more than $20 million dollars in major gifts and record-setting annual giving during his tenure. During that time the funding for a new lacrosse facility, that is scheduled to break ground, was secured.
In addition to his role in enhancing revenues for Army Athletics, Corrigan led a strategic planning process that developed a new mission statement and goals for the department.
In his first full year at West Point, Corrigan oversaw a program that won three Patriot League championships (baseball, women’s soccer, women’s tennis) and sent four teams to the NCAA postseason (rifle). Eighteen cadets earned a major award from their conference, including six Rookies of the Year selections and three Player of the Year winners.
Cadet-athletes have continued to thrive in the classroom under Corrigan’s watch. In 2011-12, Army had five Academic All-Americans, including four first-team selections. The Black Knights’ football team boasted two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in 2011, a first for the program since 1957. The Black Knights also boasted three Patriot League Scholar-Athletes of the Year, including overall men’s winner Brendan Buckley. In addition, former football standout Andrew Rodriguez became the first Army player to win the National Football Foundation’s William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Rodriguez later was honored with the Amateur Athletic Union’s James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the country. He was the first Army player to receive the award since 1946 and was just the third player in history (Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow) to win both the Campbell Trophy and Sullivan Award.
Army has been the focus of national attention since Corrigan’s arrival. He was instrumental in supporting the CBS documentary, “Game of Honor,” that chronicled the Black Knights’ 2011 football season leading up to its annual showdown with arch-rival Navy. Not only was the two-hour program broadcast to a national audience on Showtime, but also won the Emmy Award for Best Sports Documentary. The Army football team was also the focus of a behind-the-scenes book titled, “Soldiers First,” written by New York Times writer Joe Drape.
Corrigan has also made his mark on the aesthetics of historic Michie Stadium. In order to upgrade the appearance and provide a better experience for Army fans, Corrigan implemented a Michie Stadium branding and signage campaign that began in 2011. The first phase of the project was completed prior to the 2012 season.
In addition to his duties at West Point, Corrigan has been an active leader in the Patriot League, serving as chairman of the conference’s Broadband Committee.
Corrigan, who was the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Duke University starting in August 2008, brings a wealth of leadership to his post. He is a proven administrator with 18 previous years of experience in all areas of revenue generation, external affairs, staff management and leadership.
Corrigan’s chief responsibilities at Duke included the oversight of the Blue Devil corporate partnerships and the Marketing, Promotions, Ticket, Internet Operations, Sports Information and Video Services departments. In only two years at Duke, Corrigan was responsible for the negotiation of multi-media rights to ISP.
A supervisor of the 2009 NCAA Champion women’s tennis and 2010 NCAA Champion men’s lacrosse programs, Corrigan was a part of three NCAA Championships at Duke in just two seasons. He is currently a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules committee and the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Committee, while serving on the Executive Budget Committee at Duke.
Prior to arriving at Duke in August of 2008, he oversaw Notre Dame’s corporate relations and marketing as an associate athletic director for five years. During his stint at Notre Dame, Corrigan spearheaded the redesign of its official athletics website and creation of 15-20 hours of original video content weekly. That resulted in a 35 percent increase in page views and unique users. Corrigan also worked directly with ISP Sports, CSTV, and NBC Sports from a sales and marketing standpoint.
Before joining the staff at Notre Dame, Corrigan spent nearly three years as the associate athletic director for marketing at the United States Naval Academy. He was responsible for turning the marketing department from a deficit to profit in his first year with full budget responsibility for the department. Corrigan also was intimately involved with the re-branding of the Annual Giving Campaign (The Blue and Gold), which led to an increase of 75 percent year over year donations.
His collegiate experience also includes a stint as assistant director of marketing at Florida State from 1992-95.
Corrigan is a 1990 University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in economics.
When contacted last month about the possibility of coming to BC by ajerseyguy.com, Corrigan simply said that, “he was very happy” at Army, which didn’t suggest that he was not interested in BC.
Several sources indicated that the interest level on both sides has increased steadily over the past few weeks.
And while other candidates such as Deputy Wisconsin Athletic director Sean Frazier, who met with BC officials in Boston last month, but on Friday Frazier publicly re-affirmed a desire to stat at Wisconsin.
Xavier Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski and Miami (Ohio) Director of Athletics Brad Bates remain on BC’s watch list, as well as VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin, who is also a BC graduate, but Corrigan could very well have vaulted to the top.
Once BC is done with the football game against Army, Eagle officials could very well begin a final push to bring Corrigan to BC.
If that deal can’t be closed, the Eagles appear to be ready to close in on one of the other candidates, all of whom have specific credentials which seem to fit the BCS mold.
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