Boylan comes home to accept Loyola post

December 21, 1990|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

Joe Boylan, a Baltimore native who has spent the last 17 years at Rutgers, today was named athletic director at Loyola College. He succeeds Tom Brennan, who resigned Oct. 1 to become athletic director at San Jose State.

A veteran of 22 years in college coaching and administration, Boylan is a 1956 graduate of Milford Mill High School. He has been the assistant athletic director at Rutgers for the last six years and was the associate head basketball coach under Tom Young from 1973 to 1985.

For the last six years Boylan has been charge of the academic support program for the 1,200 athletes in Rutgers' 32- spot program.

While announcing Boylan's appointment, Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, the Loyola's president, hailed Boylan as someone "who brings to the college everything I've looked for in an athletic director. He has athletic as well as academic experience and I expect him to be not only a great administrator, but a friend to the student-athletes and coaches."

Loyola's basketball team has been virtually ignored by the student body in its Division I infancy, and that point was addressed by Sellinger. "I've asked Joe to do everything he can to get students out to the games," said Sellinger. "I think that is very important."

Boylan, 52, coached under Young for 17 years at Rutgers and American University, where he was on a staff that included current Loyola coach Tom Schneider. Before joining Young's staff, Boylan was basketball coach at Landsdowne High in Baltimore County. He is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he played baseball and soccer, and received his Masters degree from Johns Hopkins in 1969.

"To say I'm excited about coming back to Baltimore, and to Loyola, would be an understatement," said Boylan. "I think it's a terrific opportunity."

Boylan's interest in the Loyola job, he said, resulted from two phone calls. "The first was from [Hopkins athletic director] Bobby Scott, a good friend, and it was followed very quickly by one from Tom Schneider," he said.

"Loyola has built a very solid program, and I think the best is yet to come," said Boylan, who takes over officially in February.

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