The search for a new athletic director at Boston College has unofficially begun. It will be an internal, rather than external process-which means no search firms compiling names, with calls expected to be made in the next few days to gauge not only interest, but availability.
Outgoing AD Gene DeFilippo will have some input in terms of filling in background–since DeFilippo will know almost every candidate that is mentioned. But DeFilippo will not be part of the search process, other than as an observer. He will maintain an office at BC, do some consulting, and perhaps teach a class on sports management as he alluded to last week when he announced his retirement after 15 years as the AD.
But the final decision will be made by BC president Father William Leahy who will still have veto power over any candidate that is brought to him. Vice President of Human Resources Leo Sullivan will be the point man for the search.
The time frame will be fast paced. BC officials still expect to have a new athletic director in place by the time DeFilippo steps down on Sept. 30th. That means the Oct. 1 target date remains in place.
So does the general criteria of someone young–under 50 would be ideal, but not a deal breaker for the right person. Marketing and fund raising ability is an absolute must and a familiarity with the ACC and/or BC would not hurt, although it seems unlikely that an internal hire will be made.
Calls and messages are already coming into BC, so there will be enough candidates. The goal is to have a prime list ready to be pared down by Labor Day with a decision made by the middle of September.
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