Boo Corrigan has presided over one of the most successful eras in Army West Point’s recent history with Black Knights setting milestones and records both on the fields of friendly strife and in the classroom.
Now in the midst of his sixth year as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the U.S. Military Academy, Corrigan has guided the Black Knights to incredible successes with victories over Navy, surpassed ambitious fundraising goals, upgraded several facilities, added three varsity sports and created a new brand identity, all while cadet-athletes continued to raise the bar academically.
The 2015-16 season featured a .581 winning percentage, which was the highest since 2005 and of his tenure. Army captured six conference championships, four team NCAA appearances along with multiple individual NCAA qualifiers. The 2016 senior class boasted the highest winning percentage (.563) since the Class of 1994. The Black Knights were featured on Sports Center on multiple occasions last season, including the jersey retirement of women’s basketball player Kelsey Minato during senior night. It was the first time in academy history that a cadet’s jersey was retired prior to graduation. Softball standout Kasey McCravey’s leap of faith over the catcher was nominated for an ESPY. In addition, Austin Shultz was named the Patriot League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s lacrosse.
Throughout his time at West Point, Corrigan has overseen a program that owns 15 Patriot League regular season or tournament championships and sent 11 teams to the NCAA postseason. Fifty cadets have earned a major award from their conference.
Corrigan was named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Feb. 1, 2011 and the short time since, Army has won the “Star” series against Navy, claimed the overall competition against the Midshipmen, added Academic All-American certificates, raised the annual fund by nearly $3 million, increased the “For Us All Capital Campaign by $55 million,” broke ground on the new lacrosse building, updates to the soccer field, and has established 10 new program endowments Army has been the focus of national attention since Corrigan’s arrival. He was instrumental in supporting the CBS documentary, “Game of Honor,” that chronicled the Black Knights’ 2011 football season leading up to its annual showdown with arch-rival Navy. Not only was the two-hour program broadcast to a national audience on Showtime, but also won the Emmy Award for Best Sports Documentary. The Army football team was also the focus of a behind-the-scenes book titled, “Soldiers First,” written by New York Times writer Joe Drape.
In addition to his duties at West Point, Corrigan has been an active leader in the Patriot League, serving as chairman of the conference’s Broadband Committee.
Corrigan, who was the senior associate athletic director for external affairs at Duke University starting in August 2008, brings a wealth of leadership to his post. He is a proven administrator with 18 previous years of experience in all areas of revenue generation, external affairs, staff management and leadership.
Corrigan’s chief responsibilities at Duke included the oversight of the Blue Devil corporate partnerships and the Marketing, Promotions, Ticket, Internet Operations, Sports Information and Video Services departments. In only two years at Duke, Corrigan was responsible for the negotiation of multi-media rights to ISP.
A supervisor of the 2009 NCAA Champion women’s tennis and 2010 NCAA Champion men’s lacrosse programs, Corrigan was a part of three NCAA Championships at Duke in just two seasons. He served as a member of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules committee and the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Committee, while serving on the Executive Budget Committee at Duke.
Prior to arriving at Duke in August of 2008, he oversaw Notre Dame’s corporate relations and marketing as an associate athletic director for five years. During his stint at Notre Dame, Corrigan spearheaded the redesign of its official athletics website and creation of 15-20 hours of original video content weekly. That resulted in a 35 percent increase in page views and unique users. Corrigan also worked directly with ISP Sports, CSTV, and NBC Sports from a sales and marketing standpoint.
Before joining the staff at Notre Dame, Corrigan spent nearly three years as the associate athletic director for marketing at the United States Naval Academy. He was responsible for turning the marketing department from a deficit to profit in his first year with full budget responsibility for the department. Corrigan also was intimately involved with the re-branding of the Annual Giving Campaign (The Blue and Gold), which led to an increase of 75 percent year over year donations. His collegiate experience also includes a stint as assistant director of marketing at Florida State from 1992-95.
Corrigan is a 1990 University of Notre Dame graduate with a degree in economics. He is married to the former Kristen Aceto, a former field hockey and lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, who also earned a master’s degree from the school. The couple has three children, Finley (15), Tre (13) and Brian (12). He is the youngest of seven children of Gene and Lena Corrigan.