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Director of Athletics finalists named
September 14, 2011Tweet
Three finalists for the Director of Athletics position at Binghamton University have been invited for on-campus interviews Sept. 19-21. An 11-member search committee, chaired by Michael F. McGoff, vice provost for Strategic & Fiscal Planning, made the selections from a field of approximately 40 applicants.
The finalists are: Tom Brennan, director of athletics, LaSalle University; Patrick Elliott, director of athletics, St. Peter’s College; and Eric Roedl, deputy athletics director, Temple University.
While on campus, the candidates will meet with senior officers, faculty leaders, deans, head coaches, athletics management staff and student-athletes.
Brennan, a native of Brooklyn, has been director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation at LaSalle for 14 years, guiding the school’s 23-sport Division I athletic program in the Atlantic 10 Conference. During his tenure, student-athlete academic achievement has been outstanding, including a 93 percent graduation rate for students who have exhausted their athletic eligibility. Annual fundraising through the Explorer Club and Corporate Partners Program has increased five-fold. A 1973 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, Brennan earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education administration from Syracuse University.
Brennan was athletic director at San Jose State University from 1990-1997, moving the school from the Big West Conference to the Western Athletic Conference. Prior to that, he served for four years as director of athletics at Loyola College in Maryland. He also worked at the University of New Mexico from 1980-1986, first as assistant AD and then as associate athletics director for advancement. His athletic administration career began at Syracuse University, where he was coordinator of academic and student support for the athletic department.
Brennan interviewed on Monday, Sept. 19.
Elliott became the director of athletics in Saint Peter’s College in 2008. Under his leadership, St. Peter’s has made advancements in many areas of its overall athletics operations, as well as notable achievements in academics and athletics competition.
Elliott brought a wealth of experience to Saint Peter’s after working at St. John’s for six-plus years and for 13 years in the department of athletics at his alma mater, Seton Hall University. While at St. John’s, he was associate athletic director for planning and internal operations for a year before assuming the position of senior associate athletic director for finance planning and operations for the next four years. Elliott oversaw external relations, business affairs, strategic planning, ticket operations and contact with Madison Square Garden. He was also the sports administrator for the men’s basketball and baseball teams.
While at Seton Hall, Elliott served as assistant athletic director for facilities and operations for five years, then as associate director of athletics for finance and operations for the next four years. He was site manager for various Big East Conference postseason championships and in 1999 was a member of the NCAA East Regional Organizing Committee.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in management and industrial relations from Seton Hall in 1989, Elliott joined the athletic department as an assistant men’s basketball coach under P.J. Carlesimo, working with him for five years. While with the Pirates, he helped lead the team to 105 wins and four Big East Championships, assisting in the recruiting and scouting of potential student-athletes, and in-game and practice coaching. During that time, he earned a master of arts in education.
Elliott interviewed on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Roedl, in his ninth year at Temple and first as deputy athletic director, oversees the administration of football, men’s basketball and baseball. He also has direct oversight of the sports medicine, strength and conditioning, equipment services and overall athletic budget. Prior to assuming his current position, he served for four years as senior associate athletic director.
While at Temple, Roedl has balanced eight consecutive annual athletic department budgets; spearheaded initiatives to grow ticket and corporate sponsorship revenues; negotiated several major contracts, including Temple’s five-year, all-sport footwear/apparel agreement with Under Armour; and played a lead role in athletic department strategic and financial planning.
Prior to his arrival at Temple, he served as associate director of athletic business affairs at The College of William & Mary for three years. Previously he worked for two years in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in New York City, where he earned New York State CPA certification.
A former tennis team captain and academic all-Big East selection as a undergraduate at Villanova University (’97), Roedl earned a master of sport administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (’01) and a master of business administration degree from William & Mary (’03).
Roedl interviewed on Wednesday, Sept. 21.