Athletics Director O’Connor’s Contract Extended

Posted: June 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Tom O'Connor
Tom O’Connor
Courtesy George Mason


George Mason President Alan Merten has extended the contract of Director of Athletics Tom O’Connor through 2009. O’Connor is in his 10th year at George Mason and his fourth decade in NCAA Division I athletics.

“One of the most dynamic areas of George Mason is our athletic program,” said Merten in making the announcement. “Under Tom’s leadership, it has become a vital part of the university’s landscape. He has helped create an environment in which our teams have gained in quality, our coaches have gained positive notoriety, and, most important, the educational experience for our student-athletes has been greatly enhanced.”

“I deeply appreciate the support I’ve received from the university’s administration for the past 10 years and the confidence shown in me to continue to face new challenges,” said O’Connor. “I’ve enjoyed working with Mason athletics, watching them grow with the university and enjoying the success many of our programs have achieved during the last decade both on and off the playing field. Our goal is to continue to give our student–athletes the platform and support needed to get a good education first and provide them the facilities and atmosphere to compete at a high level consistently.”

O’Connor served as athletic director at Loyola College (1976-86), at Santa Clara University (1986-92), and at St. Bonaventure University (1992-94). He was also the head basketball coach at Dartmouth College (1972-74) and at Loyola (1974-76). He was 25 when he became head coach at Dartmouth, making him the sixth-youngest head coach to ever take over an NCAA Division I program.

At the NCAA level, O’Connor will begin his five-year term on the Men’s Basketball Committee in September. He currently holds a seat on the prestigious 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. He is serving in his second year as president of the Colonial Athletic Association.

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