Photo and release courtesy of Gannon Athletics - 9/27/14
ERIE, Pa. - Gannon University Vice President for Student
Development and Engagement Brian Nichols has named Lisa Goddard
McGuirk as director of athletics. She was introduced during a press
conference in Gannon's Old Main Boardroom Monday, August 25 and is
expected to begin her duties September 5.
McGuirk brings 17 years of extensive experience in sports administration to Gannon, including six years as a director of athletics. She most recently served as the director of athletics at NCAA Division III Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania for the last two years. The Falcons hold dual membership in the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
"Lisa understands and has a passion for Gannon's mission of developing the whole student," said Nichols. "She is exactly the type of leader that we were looking for to take our program to the next level. Lisa can lead within the athletics department and within the Gannon community. We believe Gannon Athletics will not just maintain its excellence in academics, competition and community service. We believe our student-athletes will rise higher with Lisa as our next director of athletics."
McGuirk was in the process of aiding a mini-capital campaign for Athletics at Cedar Crest that will include construction of a new turf field and significant upgrades to existing outdoor facilities. The Falcons increased sport sponsorship and quadrupled athletic recruitment endeavors during McGuirk's tenure.
"I would like to thank president Keith Taylor and vice president Brian Nichols, as I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve as Gannon University's new director of athletics," said McGuirk. "Gannon has a rich history of athletic success that can be attributed to a very talented coaching staff, student-athlete population and supportive alumni. I look to best assist in building upon that solid foundation and continuing to improve upon that tradition of excellence. Moreover, Gannon's student-athletes are to be applauded for not only excelling athletically, but for also achieving great things academically.
"It is Gannon University's commitment to both academic and athletic excellence that attracted me to this position. It's also important to me that we continue to increase our collaborative efforts. This will not only be achieved by working with various departments and student organizations on campus in an effort to better integrate athletics within the campus community, but also within the greater Erie community. Gannon University has worked closely within the community and I look forward to continuing that collaborative tradition."
Prior to Cedar Crest, McGuirk spent four years (2005-09) as the director of athletics at the College of Saint Elizabeth, an NCAA Division III institution in Morristown, New Jersey. She led an effort to gain membership into both the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) and ECAC. In addition, McGuirk spearheaded construction efforts of a $1.2 million complex for softball and tennis, and extensive renovation projects of the aquatic center and gymnasium. As she did at Cedar Crest, she was able to increase sport sponsorship and student-athlete participation while quadrupling student-athlete recruitment.
A former NCAA basketball and softball student-athlete, McGuirk has spent 11 years as a head softball coach at Cedar Crest, Saint Elizabeth, the University of Massachusetts-Boston and NCAA Division I Centenary (La.) College. She also has collegiate coaching experience in basketball and volleyball.
McGuirk currently serves as a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Softball Committee, ECAC Championship Selection Committee, ECAC Marketing Committee and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) National Recruiting Committee.
A 1997 graduate from Brandeis (Mass.) University with a bachelor's degree in sociology, McGuirk is scheduled to receive her master's degree in management from the College of Saint Elizabeth in the spring of 2015. McGuirk and husband, Keith, have a two-year-old daughter, Shea.