Bobinski Named Interim Director for Athletics
May 19, 2006
CINCINNATI - Xavier University Administrative Vice President John Kucia today named Mike Bobinski interim director for athletics, replacing Dawn Rogers, who announced her resignation earlier this week. Rogers' resignation is effective May 31.
This is a return engagement for Bobinski, who is currently associate vice president for development at Xavier. He came to Xavier in 1998 as athletic director and served in that position until his move to the development office in June 2004.
Bobinski will officially begin his new duties on June 1. Prior to that, he will represent Xavier at the Atlantic 10 conference meetings that begin Sunday May 21 in Boca Raton, Fla.
"After speaking with members of the athletic staff, we have determined that Mike's experience with and connection to Xavier athletics make him the ideal person to offer leadership during this time of transition," said Kucia. "The University is grateful to Mike and (his current boss) Gary Massa, vice president for University Relations, for their willingness to support this move."
Under Bobinski's leadership, Xavier's athletic teams won nine Atlantic 10 Championships and competed in 19 NCAA tournament events. He hired Thad Matta as the men's basketball coach in 2001 and Sean Miller as Xavier's first associate head coach. Matta is now head coach at The Ohio State University and Miller is head coach at Xavier. Bobinski also hired women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff and oversaw the opening of the Cintas Center. He served on the NCAA Division I Management Council and as president of the Division I-AAA Athletic Director's Association in 2002-2003.
"Although I've been in a new and challenging role the past two years, Xavier athletics has remained a passion for me," said Bobinski. "I am pleased to return to the athletic department to continue the work started by my good friend and colleague Dawn Rogers."
On Monday, Rogers announced she was resigning to pursue other professional opportunities. "While intercollegiate athletics remains my passion, my young family is my greatest joy and accomplishment and the professional opportunities I am pursuing now will allow me to serve both," Rogers said in announcing her decision.
With the naming of Bobinski as interim athletic director, Kucia said there are no immediate plans to search for a permanent director. "After some period of time, Mike and I, along with (Xavier University President) Fr. Mike Graham, will evaluate the situation and determine the best course for the future of the athletic department."
Bobinski has called himself a non-traditional athletic director who came to intercollegiate athletics more than 20 years ago from the business world, not the playing field or coaching arena. Before coming to Xavier he was the athletic director at the University of Akron, and prior to that, he was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. There he oversaw all business operations, capital projects, fund raising and daily operations of the football and basketball programs.
Before moving to the Naval Academy, Bobinski, 48, was associate and assistant business manager at the University of Notre Dame from 1984 to 1989. A native of Yaphank on Long Island, N.Y., Bobinski received his bachelor of business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude.
As a licensed certified public accountant, he first went into accounting with Arthur Young & Company and Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. He also worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando before moving into college athletics. As associate vice president for development, Bobinski oversees all fund-raising efforts for Xavier University including planned giving, annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, grant services and internal operations.
Bobinski and his wife, Sil, have two children, Melissa, 19, who just completed her freshman year at Xavier, and Brian, 17. They live in Mason, Ohio.