NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., announced the appointment of Matthew Glovaski as the 10th Director of Athletics at Iona College. Glovaski has been a part of Iona athletics for the last 13 years and served as Deputy Director of Athletics since February 2017.
"Matt Glovaski has been a great ambassador for Iona College and its athletic department during his time in New Rochelle," said President Nyre. "We look forward to his inspiration, leadership and support for our student-athletes, coaches and administrators and the continuation of the success of Iona Athletics on the field and in the classroom and in the community."
"I'd like to thank Dr. Nyre and the search committee for this incredible and exciting opportunity," said Glovaski. "I'm also grateful to everyone along the way for their support and I look forward to building upon the solid foundation that has been created and working with our tremendous student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
“We will continue to perform with integrity, while doing things the right way and keeping in mind the well-being of our student-athletes as we strive for success in competition," added Glovaski.
In his role as Deputy AD and Senior Associate AD for Advancement & External Affairs for the past five years, Glovaski served as chief revenue generator and head of the Iona College Goal Club, the fundraising arm for the Gaels' 21 varsity programs. During his tenure, Iona saw record levels of fundraising as he oversaw the most successful period of revenue generation in the program's history. Glovaski was instrumental in administering several capital projects including the installation of video boards and resurfacing of the floor in the Hynes Center arena and resurfacing of Mazzella Field. He also served as sport supervisor for baseball, golf, men's soccer, and volleyball, and had previous experience supervising all 21 of Iona's programs in some capacity throughout his 13-year tenure.
Since 2013, Iona's athletic programs have recorded impressive accomplishments on the field including a total of 19 MAAC Championships. Men's basketball earned its third straight MAAC tournament championship in March and made postseason appearances in each of the last eight seasons. The program has competed in five NCAA tournaments, two NIT events, and made a CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament championship game appearance. Women's basketball earned its first-ever MAAC regular season championship, MAAC tournament championship and NCAA berth. The men's cross country program has won all 13 MAAC championship races since his arrival, extending the NCAA's longest conference title streak to 27. The women's cross country program produced a female national champion and 12 of the last 13 MAAC titles. In addition to the athletic success, the department most recently achieved its highest single-year grade point average in program history.
Prior to his appointment to lead the external arm of Iona Athletics, Glovaski served as the top administrator for internal affairs. In that capacity, he was responsible for managing and maintaining the entire athletics department budget, the daily fiscal operations, while also handling all aspects of team travel and transportation. Additionally, Glovaski oversaw the strength and conditioning department, facilities operations, and staff payroll.
In his first year in New Rochelle in 2005-06, Glovaski served as Assistant AD for Recreation and Intramurals. The new position served to oversee the day-to-day operations of the new Hynes Athletics Center as well as the recreation and intramural programs at Iona.
Glovaski came to New Rochelle from Harvard University where he served for a year and a half in the athletic operations department. He gained a wealth of experience in events management at Harvard running numerous athletic events on the Cambridge, MA campus.
In the summer of 2005, Glovaski served as director of operations for the Boston Lobsters, a member of the World Team Tennis association. During the 2003-04 academic year, he served as an assistant varsity baseball coach and head JV coach at his alma mater, Springfield College.
For six years, Glovaski served as head golf coach for Iona. At the 2011 Championship, Glovaski was named the MAAC Men's Golf Coach of the Year. The Gaels' second place finish at the championship was the best for the Maroon & Gold since 2003, when the Gaels also claimed second. The 2013 squad earned its second runner-up finish under Glovaski as three Gaels earned All-MAAC honors.
Glovaski is a 2001 graduate of Springfield College earning a bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education. He received his master's degree in Athletics Administration from Springfield. A four-year letter winner in baseball at Springfield, Glovaski was a 1999 All-Conference selection and was Top 10 all-time in career victories at the time of his graduation.
A native of Trumbull, CT, Glovaski resides in Newtown, CT with his wife Christy and son Thomas.
Iona retained Parker Executive Search to assist in its search for its newest Director of Athletics.