Oct 10, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT
NEWARK, Del. — Eric Ziady, who spent the previous 23 years working in the highest levels of collegiate athletics administration in the Boston area, has been named the new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services at the University of Delaware.
The announcement was made by University of Delaware President Dr. Patrick T. Harker at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center Club.
Ziady (pronounced “zee-aidy”), a native of Andover, Mass., becomes just the fifth Director of Athletics at Delaware since 1940. He replaces Bernard Muir, who left UD this past summer after three years at the helm to become Director of Athletics at Stanford University. UD Deputy Director of Athletics Samantha K. Huge has served as Interim Director of Athletics since August.
Ziady, 47, will begin work at the University of Delaware in early November.
“We’re so glad that Eric is joining UD as our new athletic director,” said UD President Patrick Harker. “He’s wholly committed to students’ academic and athletic success. He’s an incredibly strong financial administrator and a proven revenue-generator. He understands the conference landscape, and can help us navigate through the issues of conference alignment. And he absolutely shares our most fundamental goal: to educate student-athletes who will lead in competition, in the classroom and in the community.”
Ziady arrives at Delaware after spending the previous 14 years at Boston College – most recently as senior associate athletics director for business operations – and nine years before that at Delaware’s current Colonial Athletic Association and former America East conference rival Northeastern University. He served as assistant director of athletics at Northeastern during his final four years in Brookline.
He will head a University of Delaware athletics and recreation services department that sponsors 21 intercollegiate sports, including 13 women’s sports. Delaware captured three Colonial Athletic Association team titles a year ago, had three teams post first round wins in the NCAA Tournament, and finished second among CAA schools in the NCAA Division I National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors’ Cup standings. A vibrant recreation services department sponsors over 30 club sports and over 30 intramural programs.
“I am humbled and proud to accept the offer to become the University of Delaware’s next director of athletics,” said Ziady. “I understand the rich history and tradition of Delaware athletics and I can’t wait to work with this fine group of coaches, administrators, and staff as we go forward in the years ahead and build upon that great legacy. We are excited to settle our family in the Newark community and build the next chapter of our lives as part of the Delaware family.”
At Atlantic Coast Conference member Boston College, Ziady was responsible for handling both the long-range fiscal and strategic planning for the department as well as the day-to-day administration of all business and financial operations. In addition, he handled football game scheduling and contract administration, as well as overseeing five of the men’s and women’s athletic programs (football, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s sailing).
In 2010 Ziady negotiated the six-year, multi-million dollar sponsorship agreement with Under Armour that outfitted all 31 Eagle sport programs and provided financial support for the department. The sponsorship was the largest in the history of BC Athletics. Delaware also holds a sponsorship agreement with Under Armour.
Ziady currently serves as chair of both the ACC Women’s Golf Committee as well as the Conference’s Awards Committee. He has previously served on the ACC and Hockey East Finance Committees as well as on competition committees in both the America East (baseball) and Big East (golf) conferences. He has twice served on NCAA certification subcommittees for fiscal integrity, both at Northeastern and BC.
“Eric Ziady is one of the finest athletics administrators I’ve ever been around,” said Gene DeFilippo, Boston College director of athletics from 1997 until 2012. “He is incredibly bright and enthusiastic and was an integral part of our management team at Boston College. Within a very short period of time, everyone in the Delaware athletics community will realize what a great selection the University has made. We are all very excited for Eric and his family.”
For more on Ziady visit CAASports.com.
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