Bobinski new athletic director of Georgia Tech after 12 years at Xavier
ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson has named Xavier’s Mike Bobinski as the Institute’s new athletic director. Bobinski will be introduced on Friday at a 10 a.m. press conference in the Edge Building on campus.
Bobinski was in his 12th year as director of athletics at Xavier in Cincinnati, where he also served as associate vice president. He was hired as director of athletics in 1998 and remained in the role until 2004, when he was named associate vice president for development and oversaw all of the university’s fundraising efforts, including major gifts, grant services and annual and planned giving. He returned as athletic director in 2006.
Bobinski is the current chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. He will officially begin his duties at Georgia Tech on April 1.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike Bobinski to Georgia Tech as our new director of athletics,” Peterson said. “Mike’s proven record of success and his diverse background in sports, finance and development, as well as his unwavering commitment to student-athletes, make him the ideal person to lead our athletic program.”
According to the NCAA’s most recent Division I Graduation Success Rates, Xavier ranks 11th in the nation at 97 percent. Last June, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics named Bobinski the Division I Northeast Athletic Director of the Year. During his tenure, nine Xavier teams earned 40 team or individual spots in NCAA championship competition. That includes men’s basketball, which has reached at least the NCAA Sweet 16 in four of the past five years.
Prior to joining Xavier, Bobinski served as Akron’s athletic director from 1994 to '98. From 1989 to '94, he was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to that, Bobinski served as the associate and assistant business manager at Notre Dame from 1984 to '89.
Bobinski was hired following a three-month, nationwide search. A seven-member committee led by Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. advised Peterson and identified candidates. Bobinski is just the eighth athletic director in Georgia Tech history and takes over for Dan Radakovich, who resigned in November to become athletic director at Clemson. Bobinski follows in the footsteps of storied names such as John Heisman, Bobby Dodd and Homer Rice.
“I want to thank Stephen and the search committee for their outstanding work in evaluating and recommending candidates, ” Peterson said. “I am also personally grateful for the leadership of Paul Griffin, who has overseen our athletics program during this interim period, a period that included the grand opening of McCamish Pavilion, our Sun Bowl victory in El Paso, and the dedication of our newest facility, the Ken Byers Tennis Complex. I know that he will continue to be a valuable asset to the program during this transition. ”
A native of Yaphank on Long Island, N.Y., Bobinski received his bachelor of business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude, while playing four years for the Fighting Irish baseball team.