As expected, Georgetown formally announced Lee Reed as its new Director of Athletics at a press conference this morning. Reed comes to the Hilltop from Cleveland State, where he held the same position, and replaces Bernard Muir, who left to take over the Delaware athletic department. Georgetown’s senior vice president for strategic development, Daniel Porterfield, held the position in the interim.
In eight years at Cleveland State, Reed developed the Viking program into a Horizon League power, with teams winning nine conference championships over the past two years. Cleveland State was awarded the James J. McCafferty Trophy in 2008 as the Horizon League’s all-sport champion.
“Lee’s successful tenure at Cleveland State provides many examples of his leadership and vision, including 11 Horizon League championships, and 15 NCAA championship trips,” President John DeGioia said.
Reed’s tenure at Cleveland State was his only experience running a university’s athletic program, but prior to joining the Vikings he worked in the athletic departments at Eastern Michigan and New Mexico. Prior to entering administration Reed also worked as a basketball coach at New Mexico from 1984-86, building off his experience as a four-year player at Cleveland State. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Mexico in 1992 and a master’s degree in sports administration in 1994 from the same school.
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With Athletic Director Bernard Muir’s departing for the greener fields of the University of Delaware in about a month, Georgetown has appointed Dan Porterfield Interim AD, according to an article in Blue & Gray (in print only, not online yet). Porterfield is Senior Vice President for Strategic Development and an Assistant Professor of English.
Although lately the “Interim” label has come to mean something along the lines of, “Someone We’ll Call ‘Interim’ Until We Go Through The Trouble of Hiring Them Permanently” (see: Chester Gillis) it looks like Porterfield’s tenure as AD will be more traditionally transitional.
From the Blue & Gray article:
A search process will begin to find a new leader for Georgetown’s athletics department, which oversees 29 varsity teams.
“Upon Bernard’s departure, Dan will be responsible for overall leadership of the department,” said DeGioia. “He will work closely with me and other senior leaders, coaches, faculty and alumni in the recruitment of the new athletic director, a process that we will launch in a few weeks.”
Update: The article can now be found online at GUHoyas.com.
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After a mere four years as Georgetown’s Director of Athletics, Bernard Muir will be leaving for a post at the University of Delaware. Before coming to Georgetown, Muir served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Notre Dame and as Director of the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.
So, why he’s he making switch? Casual Hoya has some theories:
Muir’s seemingly odd move from the Big East to the Colonial Athletic Association has been linked to a variety of factors, ranging from his relationship with Georgetown President Jack DeGoia after interviewing for the same post at both Duke and Northwestern, his tense relationship with John Thompson (II), and simply a desire to go to a school that has a better football program, which is how AD’s really make their mark.
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