Mike Bobinski, who has successfully directed athletic departments at Akron and Xavier for a combined 20 years and has worked as a collegiate athletics administrator for more than 30 years, was named Director of Athletics at the Purdue Univeristy on August 9, 2016.
Bobinski oversees an athletic department that includes 17 NCAA Division I varsity sports and is rich with athletic tradition and success. Just the eighth Georgia Tech director of athletics over the past 110 years, Bobinski joins the likes of John Heisman, William Alexander, Bobby Dodd and Homer Rice who have served in the role previously.
Bobinski, whose tenure officially began April 1, 2013, served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee for the 2012-13 season. That successful role concluded with the 2013 Final Four, which coincidentally was held in Atlanta.
Bobinski came to Georgia Tech after serving 12 years as director of athletics at Cincinnati’s Xavier University, where he also served as associate vice president. He was hired as the Musketeers’ director of athletics in 1998 and remained in the role until 2004, when he was named associate vice president for development and oversaw all of the university’s fundraising efforts, including major gifts, grant services and annual and planned giving. He returned as athletic director in 2006.
At Xavier, Bobinski headed an athletic program that strived to excel in the classroom as well as on the playing fields and courts. In 2012, Xavier ranked 11th nationally in Division I Graduation Success Rates at 97 percent. In June of 2012, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics named Bobinski the Under Armour Division I Northeast Athletic Director of the Year. During his tenure, nine Xavier teams earned 40 team or individual spots in NCAA championship competition. That includes men’s basketball, which reached at least the NCAA Men’s Division I Sweet 16 in four of the last six years. In the same time span, 25 Xavier teams captured Atlantic 10 Conference championships.
In men’s basketball, Xavier averaged 25 wins over Bobinski’s 12 years. The Musketeers advanced to the Elite Eight in 2004 and 2008. In addition, men’s basketball extended its streak to 88 straight seniors that graduated. Women’s basketball made runs to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2001 and again in 2010 and in 2011 achieved its highest national ranking in program history at No. 4. In 2009, Bobinski hired Chris Mack as men’s basketball head coach. He also hired Thad Matta as head men’s basketball coach in 2001 and Sean Miller as Xavier’s first associate head coach. Matta is now head coach at Ohio State and Miller has since taken over as head coach at Arizona. Bobinski also hired former women’s basketball coach Kevin McGuff, who spent nine years at Xavier. He also oversaw the opening of The Cintas Center.
Prior to joining Xavier, Bobinski served as the University of Akron’s athletic director from 1994 to 1998. From 1989 to 1994, he was the associate director of athletics at the U.S. Naval Academy. Prior to that, Bobinski served as the associate and assistant business manager at the University of Notre Dame from 1984 to 1989. As a licensed certified public accountant, he first went into accounting with Deloitte, Haskins and Sell and Arthur Young & Company from 1979-82. He also worked for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando from 1982-84 before moving into college athletics at UND in 1984.
Bobinski was hired at Georgia Tech following a three-month, nationwide search. A seven-member committee led by Stephen P. Zelnak Jr. advised Peterson and identified candidates. Bobinski took over for Dan Radakovich, who resigned in November 2012. A native of Yaphank on Long Island, N.Y., Bobinski received his bachelor of business administration from Notre Dame in 1979, graduating magna cum laude, while playing four years for the Fighting Irish baseball team.