WEST POINT, N.Y. — United States Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. on Tuesday named Boo Corrigan the Academy’s director of athletics.
Corrigan, who has been the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Duke University since August 2008, brings a wealth of leadership to his new post. He is a proven administrator with 18 years of experience in all areas of revenue generation, external affairs, staff management and leadership.
Corrigan’s chief responsibilities at Duke have included the oversight of the Blue Devil corporate partnerships and the Marketing, Promotions, Ticket, Internet Operations, Sports Information and Video Services departments. In only two years at Duke, Corrigan has been responsible for the negotiation of multimedia rights to ISP, which increased annual rights more than 40 percent.
“First and foremost, I am honored to have the opportunity to work at the United States Military Academy, the West Point leadership and the U.S. Army,” Corrigan said. “It is my privilege to serve those proud Americans that serve our country and to be at the greatest leadership institution in the world.
“I want to say specifically to our cadet-athletes that we will provide them the opportunity and the wherewithal to achieve to their highest ability and to provide our coaches with the opportunity to win championships, and build leaders of character. We will strive for our cadets to achieve great success in their academics, military training and athletic endeavors.”
Army operates a 25-sport intercollegiate athletic program, highlighted by its nationally recognized football team. Under the direction of head coach Rich Ellerson the Black Knights finished 7-6 this season and closed the season with a win against SMU in the Armed Forces Bowl.
A supervisor of the 2009 NCAA champion women’s tennis and 2010 NCAA champion men’s lacrosse programs, Corrigan has been a part of three NCAA championships at Duke in two seasons. He is currently a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules committee and the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Committee, while serving on the Executive Budget Committee at Duke.
Prior to arriving at Duke in August of 2008, he oversaw Notre Dame’s corporate relations and marketing as an associate athletic director for five years. During his stint at Notre Dame, Corrigan spearheaded the redesign of its official athletics website and creation of 15-20 hours of original video content weekly. That resulted in a 35 percent increase in page views and unique users. Corrigan also worked directly with ISP Sports, CSTV and NBC Sports from a sales and marketing standpoint.
“We are excited about the selection of Boo Corrigan to be Army’s athletic director,” Huntoon said. “He has wide experience in helping to lead a Division I athletic department and has excelled at the highest levels. He brings to the Military Academy a wealth of experience at some of the nation’s elite athletic programs.”
Before joining the staff at Notre Dame, Corrigan spent nearly three years as the associate athletic director for marketing at the United States Naval Academy. He was responsible for turning the marketing department from a deficit to profit in his first year with full budget responsibility for the department. Corrigan also was intimately involved with the re-branding of the Annual Giving Campaign (The Blue and Gold), which led to an increase of 75 percent year over year donations.
He previously spent a year as a partner in Corrigan Sports Enterprises, an entrepreneurial sports marketing company, in the Baltimore area — and also worked two years as an equity partner in mrgoodbucks.com, an e-commerce program that involved creation of affinity business relationships.
Corrigan also served two years as vice president of EMCEE Sports, a Baltimore-based sports marketing company with a focus on professional golf from 1997-99. In that role, he was responsible for a $2.5 million operating budget for the State Farm Senior Classic. He worked for Host Communications for two years, helping create relationships with various college and university athletic departments, and served as assistant director of marketing at Florida State from 1992-95.
“I want to thank my family and Duke University for the support and encouragement to make this possible, and look forward to serving as part of the Army team at West Point,” Corrigan said.
The youngest son of former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, he is a 1990 University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in economics. Corrigan is currently obtaining a masters in education in sports leadership with an expected 2011 graduation. He and his wife, the former Kristen Aceto, are the parents of three children, Finley, Tre and Brian.