Sunday, November 13, 2016

Anton Goff to be named new athletic director at St. John's

After over a year, the search for a new director of athletics at St. John's University is over.

The Red Storm have turned to Anton Goff, previously the athletic director at the University of Hartford, to oversee their 16 Division I teams. Goff becomes the sixth director of athletics in school history, and will be introduced at a 4 p.m. press conference Monday afternoon, preceding St. John's men's basketball game against Binghamton.

"I am honored to join the St. John's family, and extremely humbled that President (Conrado) Gempesaw has entrusted me to lead the department of athletics," Goff said in a release issued by the St. John's office of athletic communications Sunday afternoon. "It is with great excitement that I look forward to providing the resources and support services for our student-athletes to excel at the highest levels as we strive to achieve excellence. I am confident St. John's will once again ascend to the top of the Big East Conference and become a competitive force nationally."

Goff comes to St. John's after two-and-a-half years at Hartford, and previously helmed the athletic department at Division II Bowie State before that. He has also spent time as an administrator at Kent State University and the University of Maryland. Among his major accomplishments at Hartford were the formation of not only a women's lacrosse program, but also the Hawk Nation Club, which is responsible for spearheading all athletic fundraising efforts. He was also the driving force behind Hartford's rebranding within the athletic department in 2015, a transition St. John's recently went through itself.

According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Goff has been described as a "big basketball guy who is a very hard worker." He replaces Chris Monasch, who resigned in 2015, with the position being filled on an interim basis last season by Joseph Oliva, who returns to his old post as the university's vice president for administration and general counsel.

Braziller also reports that Goff's contract is a commitment of at least four years.

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