INDIANAPOLIS -- Two Division I administrators with extensive basketball background have been named to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
Janet Cone, who has 14 seasons of head coaching experience, and Bernard Muir, a former men’s basketball student-athlete at Brown and a former director of the NCAA men’s basketball championship, will begin their terms Sept. 1, 2014. The duo will replace current committee chair Ron Wellman, the director of athletics at Wake Forest University, and Big Sky Conference commissioner Doug Fullerton, whose terms expire Aug. 31.Cone has been the director of athletics at UNC-Asheville for the past nine years. Prior to arriving in Asheville, Cone was the associate director of athletics at Samford, a post she took after coaching the Bulldogs’ women’s basketball team for five seasons. Before going to Samford, Cone served as assistant director of athletics, head women’s basketball coach and volleyball coach at Saint Leo, as well as head women’s basketball coach Western Carolina and Mars Hill.
Cone has a long history of service to the NCAA, having been appointed to the Women’s Basketball Issues Committee as well as the Division I Leadership Council. A native of Summerville, S.C., she is a 1978 graduate of Furman, where she was named Physical Education Student of the Year while lettering in basketball and field hockey. Cone earned her master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1986.
“Having been a former student-athlete, basketball coach, and now director of athletics, I am honored to represent UNC-Asheville and the Big South Conference, and thankful to be chosen to serve on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee,” said Cone. “I look forward to working with [NCAA vice president for men’s basketball] Dan Gavitt and the distinguished group of committee members. I am committed to being a team player with a focus on keeping basketball a great sport for our student-athletes, coaches and fans. I am anxious to play my role and ready to begin this unbelievable journey.”Muir has been Stanford’s director of athletics since July 2012. Prior to that, he served three years as director of athletics at the University of Delaware, during which time he was appointed to the men’s basketball committee. However, before his term officially began, he accepted the post at Stanford and had to step down from the committee due to membership and geography requirements of the makeup of the committee.
Prior to going to Delaware, Muir was the director of athletics at Georgetown from 2005-09, and from 2000-05 he worked as both associate athletic director for student-athlete welfare and development and deputy director of athletics for administration and facilities at Notre Dame. From 1992-98, he was the NCAA’s assistant director of the Division I men’s basketball championship before being promoted to director of operations for the event from 1998-2000. Muir also worked at Butler and Auburn, and earned his undergraduate degree from Brown in 1990 and his master’s degree from Ohio University in 1992. He was a four-year letterman and team captain at Brown.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve on the NCAA Division I men’s basketball committee,” Muir said. “I previously had the opportunity to serve the committee as an NCAA staff member; evolving into this role is both a thrill and an honor, and one that I am eager to start.”
The committee will be chaired in 2014-15 by Scott Barnes, the director of athletics at Utah State and current vice chair. Along with Wellman and Fullerton, other committee members include Joe Alleva, the director of athletics at LSU; Joe Castiglione, the director of athletics at the Oklahoma; Mark Hollis, the director of athletics at Michigan State; Judy MacLeod, associate commissioner of Conference USA; Bruce Rasmussen, the director of athletics at Creighton; Peter Roby, the director of athletics at Northeastern; and Jamie Zaninovich, the commissioner of the West Coast Conference.