An Athletic Director's Story and the Future of College Sports in America

An Athletic Director's Story and the Future of College Sports in America


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Robert Mulcahy’s chronicle of his decade leading Rutgers University athletics is an intriguing story about fulfilling a vision.  The goal was to expand pride in intercollegiate athletics.  Redirecting a program with clearer direction and strategic purpose brought encouraging results.  Advocating for finer coaching and improved facilities, he and Rutgers achieved national honors in Division I sports.  Unprecedented alumni interest and support for athletics swelled across the Rutgers community.
His words and actions were prominent during a nationally-reported incident involving student athletes.  When the Rutgers Women’s Basketball team players were slandered by racist remarks from a popular radio talk show host, Mulcahy met it head on.  With the coach and players, he set an inspiring example for defending character and values.
Though Mr. Mulcahy left Rutgers in 2009, his memoir reflects continued devotion to intercollegiate athletics and student athletes.  His insights for addressing several leading issues confronting Division I sports today offer guidelines for present and future athletic directors to follow.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978802124
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 02/14/2020
Edition description: None
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 448,040
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

About Robert E. Mulcahy III
Bob Mulcahy has spent his entire career in service - since his days in the Navy following his graduation from Villanova University to his time as Chief of Staff to former NJ Governor Brendan Byrne, President & CEO of the Meadowlands and Athletic Director at Rutgers University. His love and pride for NJ has always been evident and is one of the biggest motivations behind his decision to accept the position as AD at Rutgers and bring the football program to the national stage. Bob was instrumental in the saving of the Pinelands, NJ hosting the World Cup and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, Pope John Paul II’s visit to celebrate mass at Giants Stadium, and bringing the NY Jets and the NHL Devils to New Jersey.

About Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart is the author of three acclaimed books on the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the sport of rowing in the United States. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and resides in Annapolis, MD.

About John Samerjan
John Samerjan is the Principal of JStrategies LLC, a public affairs consulting firm. He is a Part-Time Lecturer in the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Samerjan served with Bob Mulcahy as Vice President of Public Affairs of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. He resides in Princeton.

Table of Contents

Foreword John Samerjan ix

Preface xxxiii

1 Why Rutgers? 1

2 On the Way to Rutgers 14

3 Long Overdue for Change 34

4 Rebuilding a Program 43

5 The Don Imus Incident 79

6 Upholding Traditions 87

7 Conferences: The Big East and The Big Ten 96

8 Choosing Coaches and Doing It Right 105

9 Proud, with No Regrets 142

10 After Rutgers, and Leading Issues for NCAA Sports 150

11 A Call for Values and Final Thoughts 187

Acknowledgments 203

Notes 205

Index 211

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