Greg Christopher Introduced As Xavier's New Athletic Director
March 25, 2013
CINCINNATI --- Xavier University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., announced Tuesday afternoon that Greg Christopher has been selected as Xavier's new Director of Athletics. Christopher, who has spent the past six-and-a-half years as the Director of Athletics at Bowling Green State University, was introduced officially to Xavier Nation on in the Duff Family Banquet Center in Cintas Center. Christopher, who is the eleventh athletic director in Xavier history, will take over the position in May.
"Greg's commitment to student athletes is not just about winning games and matches," said Graham. "Character and leadership building, academic excellence and community service are signature traits of how he runs a program. His commitment to our Jesuit value of caring for the whole person, makes him the right choice to lead Xavier's athletic teams into the Big East Conference."
Christopher oversaw 18 athletic programs with over 400 student-athletes at BGSU, which is a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA).
"I am honored to be joining Xavier Nation," said Christopher. "The institution's values and tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics make this a tremendous opportunity. I am thankful for the Xavier administration, especially (President) Fr. Mike Graham and (Vice President) John Kucia, Mike (Bobinski) and the coaches and staff, who have created a strong foundation. This is a distinctive time in Xavier's history and I am committed to building on its excellence by leading Xavier Athletics with integrity and passion."
Athletic highlights of Christopher's tenure include 11 Mid-American Conference championships. In women's hoops, the Falcons became the first team in conference history to advance to the 'Sweet 16' of the NCAA in 2006-07, winning a MAC record 31 games along the way. Women's Basketball, which made the 2013 WNIT, has now made nine consecutive national postseason appearances, including five trips to the NCAA Tournament. The volleyball team, which advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, won the 2012 MAC Tournament championship.
The BGSU men's athletic programs have enjoyed similar success under Christopher. Football has played in three post-season bowl games. In 2009, the men's basketball team won its first regular season MAC title in a decade, advancing to the NIT post-season tournament. And baseball won three consecutive MAC East Division titles, including overall conference regular season championships in 2008 and 2009.
Christopher has also moved the BGSU athletic department forward in numerous external areas, including fundraising and corporate sponsorship. Athletics raised $28 million during the university's recent campaign, including the two largest gifts in BGSU's history. And during Christopher's tenure, annual giving revenue to Athletics has tripled while more than doubling the donor base.
There have been $60 million in new or renovated athletics facilities during Christopher's tenure, including the Sebo Athletic Center and the new $36 million Stroh Center that is home to basketball and volleyball.
A 47-year-old native of West Lafayette, Ind., Christopher is married to the former Tina Smith of Leetonia, Ohio. Tina teaches high school English at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo. Also a 1988 graduate of Miami, Tina received her bachelor's degree in Education and earned her Master's in Guidance and Counseling in 1995 from Butler University. Greg and Tina have a son, Zachary (17) and two daughters, Megan (15) and Allison (12).