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Jack Hagerty

Jack Hagerty

September 30, 2005

The times they are a-changin'. When Bob Dylan first sang these words in 1964, he sure wasn't referring to Georgetown athletics. Even by the time I got to the Hilltop in the fall of 1968, not much had changed staff-wise for close to 30 years. The Athletic Department administration consisted of AD Jack Hagerty, assistant AD and PE instructor George Murtagh, women's AD Nathalie Paramskas, trainer Joe Kuczo, three full-time coaches and all other coaches part-time. Keith Moore had recently come aboard as SID replacing Dick Williams C'66, who had done the job as a full-time undergrad student. And of course there was "Pebbles" . . . but then again, Ray Medley deserves a posting just about him alone.

Frank Rienzo

Fast forward another 37 years and the department had indeed changed significantly along with the times: With former AD Frank Rienzo and associate Joe Lang at the helm for much of that period, the department had grown and adapted to the morphing world of intercollegiate athletics: that once small central staff had expanded to over 25 people plus full-time coaches in every sport.

AD Bernard Muir

Today, as the complexities of managing a Division I athletic program continue to escalate exponentially, so too does the need to proactively seek positive change. Over the summer, Bernard Muir, our new enthusiastic AD arrived on campus and with him, a number of initiatives to strengthen the department for the future. In the next several postings, I will be providing an inside peek at some of the transformations taking place at McDonough these days, all with an eye toward moving the athletic enterprise forward.

                                         Next: A Peek Inside McDonough: Part One - Supporting                                          Student-Athletes and Coaches


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