Now, more than ever, as much as any time in recent Boston College history, the Eagles need a positive story coming from the athletic department.
And that news could be coming in the next few days with the announcement of a new Director of Athletics to replace Gene DeFilippo, who is retired on Sept. 30th.
According to several sources, the final choice came down to Xavier Director of Athletics Mike Bobinski and Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan.
While Corrigan was perceived by many people (including myself) as the front-runner, Bobinski may have moved to the top of the list in the last few days.
With the direction of the football program in question and th future of coach Frank Spaziani much in doubt as the Eagles have staggered out of the gate to a 1-4 start, BC needs some positive feedback..
BC also needs a point man for its athletic program. A face, a voice and it needs it sooner, rather than later.
The Eagles have had more than two months to find a replacement for DeFilippo. Whether it is someone likes Boo Corrigan, Bobinski or a mystery candidate, someone needs to step forward.
. Bobinski is the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee. Corrigan’s background includes stops at Notre Dame (his alma mater, Bobinski also is a ND graduate) Duke, Florida State and the Naval Academy
Barring any last-minute snags, the announcement should be made in the next few days and right now the choice appears to be Bobinski.
We will again post the backgrounds of Bobinski and Corrigan from the Xavier and Army media guides.
“”Associate Vice President Mike Bobinski is completing his 12th year as Xavier’s Director for Athletics, another year that was filled with tremendous accomplishments and progress for Xavier’s broad-based athletic program of 18 NCAA Division I sports. Bobinski has plenty of reasons to smile about the success stories in the department.
Bobinski, the current Chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)in June, 2012, as the winner of the Under Armour Division I Northeast AD of the Year Award (ADOY).
“I appreciate being recognized with this Under Armor AD of the Year Award,” said Bobinski. “This award really highlights the talent, hard work and commitment of our entire Xavier athletic family, including the student-athletes, coaches and staff that I’ve had the privilege to work with. It also reflects the tremendous support Xavier athletics receives from (Xavier President) Fr. Michael Graham, (Vice President) John Kucia and the rest of the Xavier community.”
Bobinski’s passion for success has rubbed off on the Xavier athletic program and it has shown up in impressive results in competition and in the classroom. During Bobinski’s tenure as athletic director, nine Xavier teams have earned 40 team or individual spots in NCAA Championship competition, including the baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s golf, rifle, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams. In addition, Xavier has sent individual standouts to NCAA Championship competition in track and field. In the same time span, Xavier teams have captured 25 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
In men’s basketball, Xavier has averaged 25 wins over Bobinski’s 12 years while making at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four out of the last five years. XU made the 2004 and 2008 Elite Eight. In addition, men’s basketball has extended its streak to 88 straight seniors that have graduated. Women’s basketball made runs to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001 and again in 2010 and in 2011 achieved its highest national ranking in program history at No. 4.
Xavier’s academic success has also been impressive. Xavier’s latest graduation success rate is at 95 percent. XU had 102 student-athletes honored on the Atlantic 10 Conference Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2011. The 2012 NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) shows that Xavier student-athletes have continued their success in the classroom, including the fact that six of Xavier’s NCAA Division I athletic teams have been recognized for earning multiyear APR in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in each sport: men’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball.
Bobinski came to Xavier in 1998 as Athletic Director and served in that position until moving to the development office in June of 2004. As associate vice president for development from 2004-06, Bobinski oversaw all fund-raising efforts for Xavier including annual and planned giving, major gifts, grant services and internal operations. Bobinski returned to athletics in 2006.
In 2009, Bobinski hired Chris Mack as men’s basketball head coach. He also hired Thad Matta as head men’s basketball coach in 2001 and Sean Miller as Xavier’s first associate head coach. Matta is now head coach at Ohio State and Miller has since taken over as head coach at Arizona. Bobinski also hired former women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff, who spent nine years at Xavier before leaving for Washington earlier this year. He also oversaw the opening of Cintas Center.
Bobinski came to intercollegiate athletics more than 25 years ago from the business world, not the playing field or coaching arena. Before coming to Xavier he was the athletic director at the University of Akron, and prior to that, was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Before moving to the Naval Academy, Bobinski, 54, was associate and assistant business manager at the University of Notre Dame from 1984 to 1989. A native of Yaphank on Long Island, N.Y., Bobinski received his bachelor of business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude, while playing four years for the Fighting Irish baseball team.
As a licensed certified public accountant, he first went into accounting with Deloitte, Haskins and Sell and Arthur Young & Company from 1979-82. He also worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando from 1982-84 before moving into college athletics at UND in 1984.’
“”Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., announced the hiring of Boo Corrigan as the Academy’s director of athletics on Feb. 1, 2011.
“We have an opportunity to work every day with a truly exceptional group of young people,” Corrigan said. “The opportunities they receive through intercollegiate athletics will help shape their own leadership styles as they become officers in the U.S. Army. We have a great team that focuses daily on our cadet-athletes. We strive to enhance their overall experience as they develop into the leaders our nation needs.”
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 championship (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. He is married to the former Kristen Aceto, a former field hockey and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia who also earned a master’s degree from the school. ”
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