Xavier President Thanked Bobinski For His Service
XU Student-Athletes' GSR Ranks in Top 25 Nationally for Third Straight Year
Bobinski Is In His 12th Year
13 Teams Can Boast Perfect Scores
The University of Cincinnati and Xavier University announced today their Crosstown rivalry in men's basketball will continue in 2012, but with some changes, including a new name and venue. The Skyline Chili Crosstown Classic benefiting the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will provide a new direction for the annual rivalry. The 2012 game date has been set for Dec. 19 at U.S. Bank Arena.
Located just over 110 miles away the city of Indianapolis, Ind. has a strong Xavier connection. With prominent alumni and the addition of Butler to the Atlantic 10 the importance of the Indianapolis market to Xavier is growing.
Athletics Director Mike Bobinski On A-10 Meetings
Fans in Hawaii were treated to a special event hosted by Xavier's All For One club. Athletic Director Mike Bobinski joined fans and supporters to talk about the State of Xavier Athletics.
Comments from Xavier Athletic Director Mike Bobinski on the TV schedule for the men's basketball, which was released earlier this week.
Associate Vice President Mike Bobinski is completing his 12th year as Xavier's Director for Athletics, another year that was filled with tremendous accomplishments and progress for Xavier's broad-based athletic program of 18 NCAA Division I sports. Bobinski has plenty of reasons to smile about the success stories in the department.
Bobinski, the current Chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)in June, 2012, as the winner of the Under Armour Division I Northeast AD of the Year Award (ADOY).
"I appreciate being recognized with this Under Armor AD of the Year Award," said Bobinski. "This award really highlights the talent, hard work and commitment of our entire Xavier athletic family, including the student-athletes, coaches and staff that I've had the privilege to work with. It also reflects the tremendous support Xavier athletics receives from (Xavier President) Fr. Michael Graham, (Vice President) John Kucia and the rest of the Xavier community."
Bobinski's passion for success has rubbed off on the Xavier athletic program and it has shown up in impressive results in competition and in the classroom. During Bobinski's tenure as athletic director, nine Xavier teams have earned 40 team or individual spots in NCAA Championship competition, including the baseball, men's basketball, women's basketball, men's golf, rifle, men's tennis, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams. In addition, Xavier has sent individual standouts to NCAA Championship competition in track and field. In the same time span, Xavier teams have captured 25 Atlantic 10 Conference Championships.
In men's basketball, Xavier has averaged 25 wins over Bobinski's 12 years while making at least the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four out of the last five years. XU made the 2004 and 2008 Elite Eight. In addition, men's basketball has extended its streak to 88 straight seniors that have graduated. Women's basketball made runs to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001 and again in 2010 and in 2011 achieved its highest national ranking in program history at No. 4.
Xavier's academic success has also been impressive. Xavier's latest graduation success rate is at 95 percent. XU had 102 student-athletes honored on the Atlantic 10 Conference Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2011. The 2012 NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) shows that Xavier student-athletes have continued their success in the classroom, including the fact that six of Xavier's NCAA Division I athletic teams have been recognized for earning multiyear APR in the top 10 percent of all squads nationally in each sport: men's tennis, women's golf, women's tennis, indoor track, outdoor track and volleyball.
Bobinski came to Xavier in 1998 as Athletic Director and served in that position until moving to the development office in June of 2004. As associate vice president for development from 2004-06, Bobinski oversaw all fund-raising efforts for Xavier including annual and planned giving, major gifts, grant services and internal operations. Bobinski returned to athletics in 2006.
In 2009, Bobinski hired Chris Mack as men's basketball head coach. He also hired Thad Matta as head men's basketball coach in 2001 and Sean Miller as Xavier's first associate head coach. Matta is now head coach at Ohio State and Miller has since taken over as head coach at Arizona. Bobinski also hired former women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff, who spent nine years at Xavier before leaving for Washington earlier this year. He also oversaw the opening of Cintas Center.
Bobinski came to intercollegiate athletics more than 25 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, was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Before moving to the Naval Academy, Bobinski, 54, 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, while playing four years for the Fighting Irish baseball team.
As a licensed certified public accountant, he first went into accounting with Deloitte, Haskins and Sell and Arthur Young & Company from 1979-82. He also worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando from 1982-84 before moving into college athletics at UND in 1984.
Bobinski has two children, Melissa, 25, a 2009 Xavier graduate, and Brian, 23, a 2012 Ohio State graduate.