President C. Peter Magrath gives a Binghamton University cap to Patrick Elliott, the University's new director of athletics. Elliott, who has been director of athletics at Saint Peter's College, will succeed James Norris on Nov. 14.
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Binghamton University President C. Peter Magrath on Oct. 6 announced that Patrick Elliott has been named as the school’s new director of athletics. Elliott, who was most recently the director of athletics at Saint Peter’s College, will begin his appointment on Nov. 14.
Elliott replaces James Norris, who is retiring from the position after a 21-year affiliation with Binghamton University.
“I am thrilled for Binghamton University that we have persuaded a first-class person to serve as our athletics director to succeed a first-class athletics director, which we have had in Jim Norris,” Magrath said.
“(Elliott) has a great record of accomplishment in intercollegiate athletics,” Magrath said at a news conference on the concourse of the Events Center. “He cares about academics. He cares about athletics. And he cares about the students.”
Elliott, who spent three years at Saint Peter’s, said “it is great to be a Bearcat” and he is excited about the future.
“Binghamton University is a world-class academic institution,” said Elliott, who wore a Bearcats cap presented to him by Magrath. “To work at a world-class academic institution with first-class student-athletes, tremendous resources and excellent facilities is a great opportunity.”
At Saint Peter’s, Elliott spearheaded rapid growth that culminated with the school’s most successful athletics year in 2010-11. He administered an annual budget of $12 million for the school’s 19-sport program that resides in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Last year, Saint Peter’s produced four conference championship teams, highlighted by the men’s basketball team, which captured the MAAC title, won 20 games and advanced to the NCAA tournament as the No. 14 seed.
In addition to the athletics success, Saint Peter’s had two teams receive NCAA public recognition for their top-10 percent standing in Academic Progress Rate (APR) and more than one-third of the student-athletes achieved a 3.3 or higher GPA during the 2011 spring semester. Buoyed by Elliott’s academic initiatives, the overall student-athlete grade-point average for the fall semester rose to an all-time high of 3.03 and that average climbed to a record 3.1 GPA for the spring.
Elliott credited Norris and the Intercollegiate Athletics staff with making the director position “incredibly appealing.”
“This program is poised for great success going forward and it’s about the work that has been done by many people standing here under Jim’s direction,” Elliott said. “There is positive momentum here. There are all of these exciting things going on outside of athletics – all of the research and the impact that the University has on the area and the economy – and also within athletics. I want to build upon the momentum that Jim and his team have built.”
Elliott assumes leadership of an athletics program that has finished among the top-four programs in the America East conference for eight consecutive years. Additionally, Binghamton’s student-athletes have eclipsed a 3.0 overall GPA in 11 straight semesters, capped by last spring’s record-tying 3.17 mark. Recently the department was ranked 80th out of 311 Division I programs in a study that assesses the combined academic and athletics standards of all NCAA programs.
Prior to arriving at Saint Peter’s, Elliott served six-plus years at St. John’s University as senior associate athletic director for finance, planning and operations. He began his administrative career at his alma mater, Seton Hall University, where he served as assistant director of athletics for facilities and operations, and then as associate director of athletics for finance and operations.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in management and industrial relations from Seton Hall in 1989, Elliott joined the department as an assistant men’s basketball coach under P.J. Carlesimo, working with him for five years. While with the Pirates, he helped lead the team to 105 wins and four Big East championships, assisting with recruiting and scouting, and in-game and practice coaching. During that time, he earned a master’s degree in education.
Elliott and his wife, Maria, who was born and raised in Binghamton, have three sons: Dominick, John and Matthew.
Norris said there are several reasons why Elliott is a “top-notch choice” to succeed him as director of athletics.
“He’s got an excellent track record, he’s very well-credentialed and his wife is from the area,” Norris said. “That tells me that he’s going to be committed to Binghamton University for the long haul.
“The other thing I like about Patrick is that he has been a coach,” Norris added. “He has been in the huddle. He has been in the locker room. He can see things from the perspective of our coaches and our student-athletes.”
Elliott said he will create a “strategic vision” for looking ahead that focuses on academic excellence, athletic excellence, citizenship, conduct and service to others.
“We will work hard to bring this community together – on campus with the student body, faculty, administration and alumni, as well as the Southern Tier region,” he said.
The department will stand for integrity, Elliott said, and will “show how special Binghamton University athletics” is.
“It will be our goal to make everyone proud,” he said.