Rutgers' Boylan in line for Loyola AD

December 21, 1990|By Bill Free

Joe Boylan, assistant athletic director at Rutgers University, is expected to be named athletic director at Loyola College this morning, a source close to the Loyola athletic department said.

FTC The move would bring Boylan home to Baltimore for the first time since 1968, when he was the basketball coach at Lansdowne High.

Loyola has scheduled a news conference for this morning to announce its new athletic director.

Boylan, who grew up in the Sudbrook section of Baltimore County and played basketball at Milford Mill High, drove from the Rutgers campus yesterday afternoon and was in Baltimore last night, a friend said. Boylan could not be reached for comment.

But before leaving Rutgers yesterday, Boylan told the friend: "I've been offered the Loyola job. It's just a matter of whether I'll accept it or not. If things don't drastically change when I get there, I'll take the job."

The friend said that Boylan has made plans to take over the Loyola athletic director's job in the middle of February.

Boylan was considered the top choice to replace Rutgers athletic director Fred Gruninger when he retired, and just last year Boylan was the runner-up to Eve Atkinson for the Lafayette athletic director's position.

Boylan played basketball at Lafayette and had hoped to return to his alma mater.

In addition to his duties as Rutgers' assistant athletic director of academic support programs for all sports, Boylan is in his sixth year handling the commentary on the Rutgers basketball radio network.

"Joe's going to try to finish out the season on the radio," said the friend. "I know he wants to do it, and he hopes Loyola will allow him to do it. Most of our away games are out of the way by the middle of February."

Boylan would replace Tom Brennan, who resigned Oct. 1 to become athletic director at San Jose State.

Before becoming an assistant AD at Rutgers, Boylan was an assistant basketball coach to Tom Young for eight seasons at Rutgers and four seasons at American University.

He joined Young at American in 1969 after posting a record of 45-25 in four years as the varsity basketball coach at Lansdowne High.

Harry Buchheister was the assistant principal at Lansdowne when Boylan was the coach.

Buchheister said last night: "Joe often returned to our school after he left, and things would brighten up with his presence. He is that kind of guy who can uplift people."

Stan Nance, who played on the Rutgers Final Four team in 1976 when Boylan was the assistant coach, said: "Joe's a great people person. Loyola is getting a good man."

There were six finalists for the job, said Thomas Scheye, Loyola's academic vice president and provost.

Four others were Bob Ferry, former Washington Bullets general manager; Chris Monasch, Northeast Conference commissioner; Bill Stein, St. Peter's College athletic director; and Carolyn Schlie, senior associate athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania.

It is unclear who the other finalist was.

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