CINCINNATI - Xavier University Athletic Director Mike Bobinski will be leaving Xavier in March for another position.
Xavier announced Wednesday afternoon that Bobinski had accepted the athletic director position with Georgia Tech.
Bobinski, who has been with XU since 1998, will remain at Xavier until March 22. He has also been serving as chair of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee for the 2012-13 season.
"In his 15 years with the University, he has provided tremendous leadership for our student athletes and athletic staff," Xavier University President Michael Graham, S.J., said.
Bobinski helped Xavier achieve a top national student-athlete graduation rate of 97 percent, 11th in the nation among Division 1 schools. Bobinski also launched Xavier's men's basketball team to an elite level, being one of just four teams that have made the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 four times in the last five years. Under Bobinski, many of Xavier's others sports grew in both size and competitiveness, most notably Xavier's men's soccer team, who recently made it to the NCAA Tournament and lost to the eventual national champion.
Father Graham said that a search committee has been identified to find a replacement, and no further comments would be made until the university is ready to announce a new athletic director.
"Xavier University is sincerely grateful to Mike Bobinski for his years of dedicated service and wishes him the very best in his new role at Georgia Tech," Father Graham said.
Bobinski's departure comes at a critical time for Musketeers sports, which have been mentioned in the running to join a potentially new conference consisting of primarily Catholic schools, an effort that has been spearheaded by seven Catholic schools out of the crumbling Big East. The school's future and ability to jump to that conference without an athletic director could prove more difficult.
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