Athletic Director O’Connor Selected to NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee

Posted: February 10, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The NCAA has selected Tom O’Connor, director of Athletics, to the 10-member NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. His five-year term begins in September.

O’Connor is the first representative in the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) 19-year history to be appointed to the committee, which has control, direction and supervision of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The highest-profile responsibility of the committee is the determination of the 65 teams that will participate in the Men’s Basketball Championships.

“I’m honored to serve the NCAA on this esteemed committee,” O’Connor says. “I look forward to the challenges the committee represents in sustaining the standards the NCAA has prided itself in to create the most competitive arena for one of their highest visible championships.”

CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager commented, “We are thrilled with Tom’s selection to the men’s basketball committee. It is a testament to his outstanding work and the respect he has gained nationally in collegiate athletics to be named to one of the NCAA’s most prestigious sport committees. We look forward to the expertise he will be able to provide to members of the CAA.”

O’Connor is in his 10th year at George Mason and his fourth decade in NCAA Division I athletics. He previously served as athletic director at Loyola (Md.) College, at Santa Clara University, and at St. Bonaventure University. He was also the head basketball coach at Dartmouth College and at Loyola.

At the NCAA level, O’Connor currently holds a seat on the Management Council, is a member of the Division I Strategic Planning Committee, and has been appointed to the Selection Review Committee. He was involved with the NCAA restructuring process as a member of the business/finance cabinet, and he began a term as a member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee in September 1997. He also is a member of the Executive Council of the NACDA Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association. The 2003-04 academic year marks his second as president of CAA.

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