Although there has been no official contact with anyone yet, the Boston College search for an athletic director to replace Gene DeFilippo is likely to follow two directions.
The primary search will be to look at current athletic directors who fit the mold of fund-raiser/administrator at schools with similar missions to BC. One of the criteria will not be found on any candidate’s resume since it is impossible to put into specific terms
But having someone who “fits” into the BC atmosphere is a key element for any potential candidate. Coaches such as men’s basketball coach Steve Donahue would meet that criteria. In many ways, DeFilippo, who came to BC from Villanova, was a fit for BC.
Of the group of potential candidates among athletic directors, Rutgers’ Tim Pernetti fits many of the criteria BC officials are looking for in terms of fund raising ability and overseeing a program that has increased its profile dramatically in the last several years. Whether Pernetti “fits’ into the BC mold is the question which has yet to be answered and will no doubt be examined.
If you move to the next level–associate athletic directors and other candidates who are not ADs–which will probably draw an even bigger response, one candidate BC might consider is Mike Cragg, an associate athletic director at Duke, who has worked his way through the Duke administration, handling many duties during his 25 year stint at Duke, including his role as a key figure in raising more than $65 million for the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund.
The list of names being gathered from both groups–athletic directors, associate ADs and other titles–will be trimmed to a elite group, probably no more than 6 or 7, during the next several days.
Those candidates will be vetted and then contacted, which will then start the interview phase of the process, with an Oct.1 starting date remaining a realistic goal.
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