Joseph Boylan, a native Baltimorean who kept his ties with his hometown the past 17 years, was named athletic director at Loyola College yesterday.
Boylan, 52, a Rutgers University assistant athletic director, will replace Thomas Brennan, who left Loyola in September to become athletic director at San Jose State.
The announcement was made by the Rev. Joseph A. Sellinger, Loyola College president, at an on-campus news conference.
The terms of Boylan's contract, including the salary, were not available. Boylan said he was meeting with school officials to complete the details.
"When I thought about Loyola, I knew that this was the type of school I had been looking for all my life," said Boylan, who grew up in Sudbrook in Baltimore County and played basketball at Milford Mill. "Loyola has always been students first, athletes second.
"Over the years, I kept in contact with people in the area because this is my home," Boylan said. "And it's nice to have this Loyola gift under my Christmas tree."
Boylan became aware of the job months ago after a phone call from Bob Scott, a friend and Johns Hopkins' athletic director. Boylan's chances were helped by his friendship with Loyola basketball coach Tom Schneider and lacrosse coach Dave Cottle.
"Most of the coaches felt Joe had the most experience in athletics, even more than we have," said Cottle. "Everyone wanted him. We're excited, especially with him being from Baltimore and knowing the area."
One of Boylan's biggest tasks will be improving the men's basketball team, which has not had a winning season since the Greyhounds finished 15-14 in 1986-87.
"We would like to have our basketball programs on the same level with our soccer and lacrosse programs, and Joe has a basketball background," said Loyola vice president and provost Tom Scheye, who headed the external and internal search committees.
"We've also had problems with space, our playing field and the arena," said Scheye. "One day I would like to see our basketball program pull more than the capacity [3,000] of Reitz Arena."
Boylan was one of five finalists, who also included former Washington Bullets general manager Bob Ferry; Northeast Conference commissioner Chris Monasch; St. Peter's athletic director Bill Stein; and Penn assistant athletic director Carolyn Schlie.
Boylan was interviewed Tuesday at Loyola for eight hours.
"The consensus was to hire him immediately," said Scheye. "Everybody on the committee was impressed with him. It was unanimous."
Boylan said he would like to be at Loyola for a long time.
"When you're 42, you still have some time to move," said Boylan. "When you're 52, it's time to lay down some roots. The administration and the faculty have stated they are committed to being a Division I program, and with their support, along with the alumni, I think we can make this into a great 'we' program. I look forward to being here quite a while."