Tom O’Connor has agreed to become the interim athletic director for Manhattan College, effective immediately.
On Monday morning, Richard Satterlee, vice president of student life, announced the change in a meeting with coaches and athletic staff and via an email to student-athletes.
“We are committed to providing the best experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans,” Satterlee said in a statement released by the marketing and communication department. “The College is confident that we will find a person who will best match the needs of a long-standing and robust Division I athletic program.”
O’Connor, who once served as the athletic director at George Mason University, Loyola (Md.) University, Santa Clara University and St. Bonaventure University, chair of the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship committee, and president of Athletic Solutions Consulting, will replace Noah LeFevre as athletic director.
In almost two years at the school, LeFevre actively sought improvements for the athletic department. Among the many changes under his helm were the redesigns of the basketball and volleyball courts, the replacement of the women’s tennis program with women’s rowing, the creation of a new broadcast studio, and the partnership with Learfield Sports.
It is unclear what led to LeFevre’s deaprture and O’Connor’s subsequent hiring.
“As Noah LeFevre moves on from this position, Manhattan College thanks him for his service and truly wishes him every success going forward,” Pete McHugh, director of communications at Manhattan College said in an email sent to select media members.