Koch excited to be part of ‘rich tradition’ at Cabrini

By Kevin Durso
August 29, 2012

Brad Koch was named director of athletics and recreation this summer. He started in the position on Aug. 1. (Kevin Durso / Sports Editor)

In late February, as the spring sports season was about to get underway, now former director of athletics and recreation Joe Giunta resigned from the position. One of the tasks for the athletic department over the summer months was to find his successor.

In July, Brad Koch was hired as the new director of athletics and recreation. He officially started in his new position on Aug. 1.

“I’m thrilled. Couldn’t be happier,” Koch said. “Cabrini is an institution that I could really identify with – a close-knit, family-type atmosphere.”

“Everyone here has been welcoming and supportive. Connecting with the campus community is a fundamental responsibility of this position.” 

Koch spent the last 15 years as part of the athletics department at Philadelphia University. After graduating from Allentown College in 1997 with a degree in sports management, he began at Philadelphia University with an internship that eventually developed into a full-time position.

“In that time, I touched every component of athletic department administration,” Koch said. My experience there has prepared me for this role. For me, at this point, it’s learning Cabrini’s way and making sure that we keep the ball rolling.”

While at Philadelphia University, Koch was an integral part of rising recreation rates in students on the campus and also helped to plan and open a new state-of-the-art gymnasium and workout center. Administrators from his past and present junctures feel he is ready for the position.

“I want to congratulate Brad for his outstanding career at Philadelphia University,” Tom Shirley, Philadelphia University Director of Athletics, said in an article on the university’s website. “He arrived as a 21-year-old college graduate and blossomed into a major administrator. Brad is more than ready for this opportunity. We wish Brad the best of luck at Cabrini and he will always be welcome at Philadelphia University.”

“We are pleased and excited to welcome Brad to Cabrini College,” Dr. Christine Lysionek, Cabrini’s Vice President for Student Development, said in an article on Cabrini’s athletic website.  “He brings experience, vision, enthusiasm and a strong commitment to excellence to the position. We are confident that the proud tradition of Cavalier athletics will continue to grow under his leadership and that our community will benefit considerably from his investment in providing them with a well-balanced slate of recreational opportunities.”

Cabrini athletics experienced great success last year, winning five conference championships and making school history with the men’s basketball team reaching the school’s first Final Four and National Championship game. The success is something that drew Koch to Cabrini and something he wants to see continue in the years to come.

“I’ve known about their rich tradition when it comes to athletic and academic success and the respected coaches throughout the staff. It was obvious that a good infrastructure was in place and the appeal of contributing to that could not have been greater.”

“Keeping graduation rates high, winning conference championships and enhancing the student experience must remain the focus.”

Koch described the student experience as providing the campus community with opportunity to get involved through athletic or recreational programming. At a Division III school, “it’s all about the experience,” he said.

Additionally, Koch stressed that he wants to be a part of the Cabrini community, not just the athletic department. Koch has met several people on campus in his first few weeks in his new position and plans to continue that.

“I want to be involved,” Koch said. “The athletic department cannot be on its own island.  I want to make sure that I’m an ambassador for the other departments as well.”

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