Gannon Names Lisa Goddard McGuirk Director Of Athletics
Posted: August 26, 2014
Gannon University Vice President for Student Development and
Engagement Brian Nichols has named Lisa Goddard McGuirk as director
of athletics. She was introduced during a press conference in
Gannon's Old Main Boardroom Monday, August 25 and is expected to
begin her duties September 5.
McGuirk brings 17 years of extensive experience in sports
administration to Gannon, including six years as a director of
athletics. She most recently served as the director of athletics at
NCAA Division III Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania
for the last two years. The Falcons hold dual membership in the
Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) and the Eastern College
Athletic Conference (ECAC).
"Lisa understands and has a passion for Gannon's mission of
developing the whole student," said Nichols. "She is exactly the
type of leader that we were looking for to take our program to the
next level. Lisa can lead within the athletics department and
within the Gannon community. We believe Gannon Athletics will not
just maintain its excellence in academics, competition and
community service. We believe our student-athletes will rise higher
with Lisa as our next director of athletics."
McGuirk was in the process of aiding a mini-capital campaign for
Athletics at Cedar Crest that will include construction of a new
turf field and significant upgrades to existing outdoor facilities.
The Falcons increased sport sponsorship and quadrupled athletic
recruitment endeavors during McGuirk's tenure.
"I would like to thank president Keith Taylor and vice president
Brian Nichols, as I am truly grateful for the opportunity to serve
as Gannon University's new director of athletics," said McGuirk.
"Gannon has a rich history of athletic success that can be
attributed to a very talented coaching staff, student-athlete
population and supportive alumni. I look to best assist in building
upon that solid foundation and continuing to improve upon that
tradition of excellence. Moreover, Gannon's student-athletes are to
be applauded for not only excelling athletically, but for also
achieving great things academically.
"It is Gannon University's commitment to both academic and
athletic excellence that attracted me to this position. It's also
important to me that we continue to increase our collaborative
efforts. This will not only be achieved by working with various
departments and student organizations on campus in an effort to
better integrate athletics within the campus community, but also
within the greater Erie community. Gannon University has worked
closely within the community and I look forward to continuing that
Prior to Cedar Crest, McGuirk spent four years (2005-09) as the
director of athletics at the College of Saint Elizabeth, an NCAA
Division III institution in Morristown, New Jersey. She led an
effort to gain membership into both the North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) and ECAC. In addition, McGuirk spearheaded
construction efforts of a $1.2 million complex for softball and
tennis, and extensive renovation projects of the aquatic center and
gymnasium. As she did at Cedar Crest, she was able to increase
sport sponsorship and student-athlete participation while
quadrupling student-athlete recruitment.
A former NCAA basketball and softball student-athlete, McGuirk
has spent 11 years as a head softball coach at Cedar Crest, Saint
Elizabeth, the University of Massachusetts-Boston and NCAA Division
I Centenary (La.) College. She also has collegiate coaching
experience in basketball and volleyball.
McGuirk currently serves as a member of the NCAA Regional
Advisory Softball Committee, ECAC Championship Selection Committee,
ECAC Marketing Committee and National Fastpitch Coaches Association
(NFCA) National Recruiting Committee.
A 1997 graduate from Brandeis (Mass.) University with a
bachelor's degree in sociology, McGuirk is scheduled to receive her
master's degree in management from the College of Saint Elizabeth
in the spring of 2015. McGuirk and husband, Keith, have a
two-year-old daughter, Shea.
LISA GODDARD MCGUIRK
Cedar Crest (Pa.) College (2012-14)
Director of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation and Head
Softball Ireland (2010-12)
National Coaching Committee
College of Saint Elizabeth (N.J.) (2005-09)
Director of Athletics and Head Softball Coach
Northeastern (Mass.) University's Center for the Study of Sport
in Society (2005)
Coordinator Youth Sports Health
Gulfport (Miss.) School District (2002-04)
Teacher and Head Coach
Centenary (La.) College (1999-02)
Head Softball Coach
University of Massachusetts-Boston (1997-99)
Head Softball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator
City of Boston - Gallivan Site
Assistant Director of Athletics