Boylan comes home to accept Loyola post

December 21, 1990|By From staff reports

Joe Boylan, a graduate of Milford Mill High, will be returning to his hometown as the new athletic director at Loyola College.

Boylan, 52, was introduced at a news conference today. An assistant AD at Rutgers for the last 5 1/2 years, he was in charge of academic support. Before that, he was an assistant basketball coach at American University (1969-73) and Rutgers (1973-85).

Boylan, who grew up in the Sudbrook section of Baltimore County, graduated from Lafayette University. He coached four years at Lansdowne High before leaving in 1969 to become an assistant at American. Ironically, he and Loyola coach Tom Schneider were both assistants at American in 1971, under Tom Young.

"At this stage in my career, it's something I just have to do," Boylan told the Newark Star-Ledger last night. "I leave Rutgers with mixed emotions because I worked with and for some great people."

Boylan said he will not start at Loyola until the middle of February, at his request, because of commitments he has at Rutgers.

"His association with the administration at Rutgers has been superb," Rutgers AD Fred Gruninger said last night. "He comes to Loyola with a tremendous amount of integrity.

"He has been a very, very valuable and strong member of my staff for the last five, almost six, years," Gruninger said. "I have valued his commitment and his opinion on all aspects of the athletic administration."

Boylan is also in his sixth year as the color commentator on Rutgers basketball radio broadcasts.

Boylan and his wife, Molly, have one daughter, Heather, who is a senior at Rutgers.

Boylan replaces Tom Brennan, who resigned Oct. 1 to become athletic director at San Jose State. Brennan had been AD at Loyola since 1986.

Since Brennan left, assistant AD Jamie Smith has been filling the position on an interim basis. In addition to Boylan, candidates for the job included former Washington Bullets general manager Bob Ferry, Northeast Conference commissioner Chris Monasch, St. Peter's athletic director William A. Stein and Penn assistant AD Carolyn Schlie.

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