STONY BROOK, NY- Jim Fiore, a highly regarded administrator at two Ivy League institutions, today was named the ninth Director of Athletics in the history of Stony Brook University, becoming one of the youngest people to hold that title at the NCAA Division I level. The 34-year old native of Long Beach, L.I. will begin his new duties on his birthday of August 13.
In making the announcement today, Shirley Strum Kenny, President of the University, said: "We are delighted to have Jim join us to build on the wonderful success we have already enjoyed in athletics. He is an extraordinary man, and the right person at the right time for the job. From the moment we met, I knew he was our guy."
Fiore arrives at SBU after serving as senior associate director of athletics at Princeton (1999-2003), and the assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth (1995-1999). He will be responsible for the oversight of the university's 20 intercollegiate athletics programs, which is made up of 10 men's and 10 women's sports.
"I am looking forward to this tremendous opportunity and the challenges we will face as we chart the course of success at Stony Brook," said Fiore. "Our core goal will be to make Stony Brook's outstanding combination of athletics and academics a shining example not only for the America East Conference but also for the entire country."
At Princeton, Fiore served as the senior associate director of athletics under Gary Walters. During Fiore's tenure, Princeton has achieved unprecedented success on the fields of play and in the classroom. Ranked the No. 1 College/University by U.S. News And World Report, Princeton has finished among the Top 25 in the Sears Director's Cup standings in three of the last five years and is the only non-scholarship institution to ever finish in the Top 25. From 1999-2003, Princeton teams combined to win 60 Ivy League championships and nine national championships. Sport Illustrated for Women ranked Princeton as a Top 10 athletic program for women.
Fiore worked in all facets of Princeton's internal and external operations, including the athletic programming oversight of all varsity sport programs and personnel matters including the coordination of national searches, employment contracts, employee performance appraisals and on capital facility projects.
"Jim is a tremendously talented leader and administrator who understands that the proper role of intercollegiate athletics is to advance the educational mission of the university," said Gary Walters, the Director of Athletics at Princeton. "Jim has high standards that will raise the overall level of performance in the athletic department. Stony Brook has made an enlightened choice."
Fiore has been appointed to the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA), the Executive Committee for the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America, the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete Award committee and is the chairperson of the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Executive Committee. He is also a member of the senior executive committee of the Sport Management Institute and in the process of certifying as a peer reviewer for NCAA athletic certification.
From 1995-1999, Fiore served as the assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth and assisted with the supervision and oversight of 34 intercollegiate programs. He assisted with all aspects of the intercollegiate operations of Dartmouth's comprehensive athletic program and handled all duties related to NCAA, ECAC and Ivy League championships.
Prior to Dartmouth, Fiore interned at Princeton and assisted the director of athletics for one year. He began his career as an assistant to the executive director of the National Invitation Tournament during the spring and summer of 1993 before interning in the compliance office at Fordham.
Fiore graduated from Long Beach High School and went on to earn his bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts in 1991 from Hofstra, where he played free safety for the football team. He later earned a master's of education degree in athletic administration from Springfield College in 1994. While at Springfield, Fiore received an Athletic Administration Fellowship (1992-94), which allowed him to work directly for the director of athletics while he pursued his master's degree.
Fiore accepted the Stony Brook offer on his third wedding anniversary on July 15. He and his wife, Lisa, have a son Michael who is 17 months old.
Fiore succeeds Dr. Richard Laskowski, who guided Stony Brook from the Division III level to NCAA Division I status, and announced in April that he would step down.