Greg J. Amodio Appointed Director of Athletics & Recreation at Quinnipiac University

Greg J. Amodio Appointed Director of Athletics & Recreation at Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Conn. – June 10, 2015 – Quinnipiac University President John L. Lahey announced today that Greg J. Amodio, Director of Athletics at Duquesne University, has been appointed Director of Athletics and Recreation, effective July 20, 2015.

Amodio was officially introduced Wednesday at a press conference held on Lender Court at the TD Bank Sports Center.
“After an extensive national search, Greg emerged as the ideal candidate to spearhead the direction of Quinnipiac’s Division I athletics program,” Dr. Lahey said. “As an experienced leader, administrator and fundraiser, Greg comes to Quinnipiac having worked at Duquesne University and Xavier University, two institutions with very similar qualities to Quinnipiac, which is committed to academic excellence and high-quality athletic programs. Under Greg’s leadership, I have no doubt that Quinnipiac’s student-athletes will continue to flourish at the highest levels, both on the field and in the classroom. We are excited to have him as our new director of athletics.”

Amodio said, “I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Lahey and the entire Quinnipiac community for this tremendous opportunity. Dr. Lahey’s vision and commitment to achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels is quite impressive. And, it is clearly evident that the university is fully engaged in helping to make that vision a reality. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes will strive to enhance the university’s mission and national brand through an ongoing commitment to excellence. My family is honored to be part of the Bobcat family.”
Amodio arrives at Quinnipiac with a record of impressive accomplishments during his tenure at Duquesne, which began in 2005. Among them are: conducting successful national searches for new men’s and women’s basketball coaches; developing a strategic partnership with the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh to host a select number men’s basketball games each season; and co-directing the $6 million renovation of Rooney Field, the on-campus home of the Duquesne football, soccer and lacrosse programs.

Before joining Duquesne, Amodio was associate director for athletics at Xavier from 1998 to 2005. While at Xavier, Amodio directed athletic marketing and promotions initiatives, solicited corporate partners for athletic sponsorships to include television and radio advertising, in-arena signage, retail promotions, game day partnerships, corporate hospitality and season tickets. From 2001-05, Xavier athletics generated more than $5.5 million in corporate partner revenue.

“I am excited to welcome Greg to the Quinnipiac University community,” said Mark Thompson, executive vice president and provost. “His values and proven track record of success in Division I athletics make him well positioned to lead our Department of Athletics and student athletes. I am confident that he will build upon our strong reputation for offering a high-quality athletics program and ensure Quinnipiac’s continued advancement.”

Amodio holds a master’s degree in education from Queens College, City University of New York, and a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Davis and Elkins College. He and his wife, Kerry, have two children, Jake, 22, and Alexandra, 19.

The search was led by Glenn T. Sugiyama, executive vice president and global sports practice leader of DHR International and Pat Richter, executive vice president of DHR International.
Quinnipiac’s Department of Athletics & Recreation is composed of 21 varsity sports teams, including seven men’s teams (baseball, basketball, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer and tennis) and 14 women’s teams (acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field and volleyball). Quinnipiac joined the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in 2012-13 for all sports except acrobatics & tumbling, women’s rugby and men’s and women’s ice hockey. Acrobatics & Tumbling is a member of the National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NACTA) while women’s rugby is a member of the newly formed National Varsity Women’s Rugby Association (NVWRA). Men’s and women’s ice hockey compete as members of ECAC Hockey. In addition, Quinnipiac also offers multiple intramural opportunities for Quinnipiac’s 6,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students.

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,500 full-time undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in itsSchool of Business and EngineeringSchool of CommunicationsSchool of Education,School of Health SciencesSchool of LawFrank H. Netter MD School of MedicineSchool of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” issue. The 2015 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s “Best Colleges” named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 379 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.

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What They’re Saying About Greg Amodio

Quinnipiac University Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri
“I would again like to thank Jack McDonald for his services and friendship in his time at Quinnipiac. Even though we’re sad to see him take on new challenges, I’m incredibly excited to welcome Greg Amodio and his family with open arms to our Bobcat family. He comes to the University with top-notch experience on the collegiate level. First at Xavier for 10 years and then 10 years spent as the lead man at Duquesne. His connection with the sport of college basketball is evident as he was able to establish a relationship that has since translated into Duquesne serving as the host institution for what will be three NCAA Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds in 2018. I’m extremely confident Greg will do a great job of not only continuing to build on what Jack and President Lahey have established but also take this department to new heights.” 

Xavier University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Chris Mack

“Quinnipiac is making an exceptional hire.Greg is ambitious, forward thinking and has a terrific way with alumni, administrators, coaches and student athletes. He will raise the bar at Quinnipiac. I’m happy for Greg and his family.”

St. Louis University Director of Athletics Chris May
“Quinnipiac University has found a great decision in hiring Greg Amodio. Greg has done an unbelievable job at Duquesne in advancing their athletic department. He has the skills and drive to move Quinnipiac’s program further and I wish him all the best.”

Quinnipiac University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore
“I’m really excited for the opportunity to work with Greg Amodio and welcome him and his family to Quinnipiac University,” men’s basketball coach Tom Moore said. “I’m very enthusiastic to begin a relationship with someone who has been in a leadership role with two outstanding institutions in current BIG EAST member Xavier University and Atlantic-10 Conference member Duquesne University.” 

Quinnipiac University Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach Rand Pecknold

“I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Greg Amodio to our Quinnipiac family. He is a phenomenal addition for Quinnipiac University. Greg is a world class athletic director and his commitment to excellence is something that we continually strive for with our Men’s Ice Hockey program.” 

University of Dayton Director of Athletics Tim Wabler

“Greg is very knowledgable about intercollegiate athletics and how to best position a program for success –both at a conference level and nationally. He’s aggressive, certainly when it comes to attempting to secure resources to assure that his athletic department has an opportunity for the future. It’s is going to be fun to watch to see what Quinnipiac and Greg can do together.”