Hofstra University announced Jeff Hathaway as the Pride’s new athletic director. He comes to Hofstra after serving a tenure as the AD at the University of Connecticut and the head of the NCAA Division-I Men’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee.
In his time at UConn, Hathaway significantly upgraded the football program, moving from I-AA to I-A and built an 85,000 square foot practice facility. The Huskies athletic program thrived under his tenure with national titles from the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
The only downside of his time at UConn, and perhaps his appointment at Hofstra, is that the school saw multiple violations from its head coaches. That is what eventually forced Hathaway to “retire” from the position at UConn; he was never fired.
Nonetheless, Hathaway is a nationally recognized name in the NCAA community and brings a reputation of respect and authority to a program that needs a significant amount of change and recognition.
He comes to Hofstra after the resignation of Jack Hayes, another former UConn AD, and his move to Brown University.
Also in attendance was the commissioner of the Colonial Athletic Association, Tom Yaeger. Yaeger spoke on the podium about the significance of Hathaway’s appointment and his presence in the CAA. Following the press conference, Yaeger was a guest during WRHU’s live coverage of the press conference. Here is his interview with Kevin Dexter and Anthony Barra.
Other’s at the U-Club included Hofstra men’s basketball head coach, Mo Cassara. He also spoke with WRHU (interview here) and men’s lacrosse head coach Seth Tierney (interview here). What’s interesting about the Tierney interview is that he gives him opinion on Hathaway, a guy coming from a school that did not sponsor a men’s lacrosse team.
Finally, Hathaway himself spoke to Dexter and Barra on WRHU (interview here).
One of the key issues they discussed involved conference realignment. It was recently announced that Old Dominion and Georgia State would be leaving the CAA for Conference USA and the Sun Belt, respectively. Here’s an ESPN article on ODU’s departure, which comes after VCU officially announced a switch to the Atlantic 10.
I’ll let the interview speak for itself, but regardless of Hofstra’s presence in the CAA, I think Hathaway will put the school in position to be successful and an eventual staple in whatever conference the school chooses.
As you can tell from his interview, Hathaway is full of energy and excited to be apart of the Hofstra community. It’s a big move and a big transition for a mid-major school like Hofstra.
This is a new chapter in Hofstra athletics and could be the start of significant national attention for the Pride.