By Jon Alba
Quinnipiac University will soon be without its departing athletic director Jack McDonald, who will be retiring from Division I athletics to pursue a position with the University of New England. But the school announced Tuesday president John Lahey would be revealing the institution's new director of athletics & recreation at a press conference Wednesday.
Two separate sources, one of high-rank within Quinnipiac Athletics, confirmed to Jon Alba Journalism the school has selected former Duquesne director of athletics Greg Amodio to fill the position. Both were granted anonymity, as they were not at liberty to speak publicly on the situation.
Amodio will become just the second Quinnipiac athletic director since the school moved to Division I status before the 1998-1999 school year. He served in the same role for Duquesne from September of 2005 through this past season. The high-ranking source said his contract with the university was not renewed, though Duquesne officials had not returned request for comment as of press time.
The 53-year-old made headlines in 2010, when the A-10 school cut four sports (baseball, wrestling, men's swimming and men's golf) in order to allocate more than $1 million to its other 16 varsity sports. The consensus among some was the moves were made to improve the basketball program, one plagued with several seasons of underachievement.
Amodio will inherit a program aiming to improve its visibility on the national scene. The school reached a settlement regarding its Title IX dispute with women's volleyball in 2013, where it agreed to pay more than $5 million improving facilities and treating two more female sports as "sports of emphasis." It also added two female sports (golf and rugby) in the process.
Duquesne's official biography page for Amodio makes note of his ability to garner funding for capital projects to improve facilities. A majority of these projects exceeded a price tag of at least $1 million, per his biography. He also oversaw the growth of the school's football program, which was backed by an investment that saw the construction of new concessions, seating and a turf field. This aided the school in moving the program to the Northeast Conference's football division.
Along with the $5 million necessitated by the Title IX lawsuit, Quinnipiac is looking to upgrade the rest of its facilities on its Mount Carmel campus in an effort to modernize the athletics program. However, ongoing disputes with the town of Hamden have prevented such improvements from being made to this point.
Quinnipiac has achieved a large degree of success since moving to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the start of the 2013-2014 athletics season, picking up league titles in sports including men's soccer, field hockey, women's basketball and women's tennis. While men's basketball has yet to make the NCAA Tournament, Tricia Fabbri's women's basketball program made its second tournament in three years, losing to Oklahoma in the first round.
Prior to his stint at Duquesne, Amodio served as associate athletic director for marketing at Xavier University.
***UPDATE*** 7:49 p.m. ET Tuesday
Quinnipiac Public Affairs told Jon Alba Journalism it could not comment on the report.