Boo Corrigan, formerly of Duke, Notre Dame and Navy, has been named the new Athletic Director at the United States Military Academy at West Point today.
Corrigan, the youngest son of former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, is a 1990 University of Notre Dame graduate. He has served since August 2008 as the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Duke University. In this position, his responsibilities included oversight of the Blue Devils' corporate partnerships and the Marketing, Promotions, Ticket, Internet Operations, Sports Information and Video Services departments.
Prior to working at Duke, he served as an associate athletic director for five years at Notre Dame, responsible for corporate relations and marketing. At ND, Corrigan led the re-design of its athletics website and creation of weekly video content. He has also worked directly with ISP Sports, CSTV and NBC Sports.
Certainly very important to the decision making at West Point, Corrigan has worked at another service academy, spending nearly three years as associate athletic director for marketing at the United States Naval Academy. He was credited with turning the marketing department from a deficit to a profit in his first year and for the re-branding of the Annual Giving Campaign. His first university position was at Florida State from 1992-96, where he was an assistant director of marketing.
Corrigan has been a supervisor of the 2009 NCAA Champion women's tennis and 2010 NCAA Champion men's lacrosse programs and has been a part of three NCAA Championships at Duke in just two seasons. He has experience with lacrosse, another important sport at USMA, from his current service as a member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules committee.
United States Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. commented about the selection of Boo Corrigan to lead West Point’s intercollegiate athletic department:
“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.”
Army's new Athletic Director also made comments:
“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.”
“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 added.
West Point has an extensive athletic program involving 25 men's and women’s varsity teams. Army's flagship football program in 2010 enjoyed its first winning season in 14 seasons and defeated SMU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Dallas in December.
Corrigan takes over for Kevin Anderson, who became the Athletic Director at Maryland. US Army Col. Sam Johnson served as interim Athletic Director through most of the 2010 football season.
This selection points out the increased role of sports marketing and fundraising in college athletics, even at the major military academies.
Ken Kraetzer hosts the West Point Football Report during the season on WVOX radio. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org