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    Jeff Konya named Northeastern director of athletics

    Northeastern University
    Jeff Konya will become Northeastern’s athletic director on Feb. 1.

    Northeastern has named Jeff Konya to be its new athletic director.

    Konya will replace Peter Roby, who announced last May his intention to retire after 10 years on the job.

    “Jeff Konya is a proven leader who has the passion and the vision to drive our athletic programs to new levels of success,” said Northeastern President Joseph E. Aoun.

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    “When I met with Jeff during the search process, I was immediately struck by his energy, his entrepreneurial spirit, and the innovation that has defined his career. These are Northeastern values. And in Jeff, we found someone who shares those values.”

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    Aoun presented Konya with Northeastern hockey and basketball jerseys at his introductory press conference Wednesday.

    Konya has more than two decades of experience in college athletics, most recently as director of athletics at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and was a 2017 recipient of the Under Armour NACDA Athletics Director of the Year award.

    “Northeastern is a university with limitless potential,” Konya said. “I am humbled by this opportunity and I look forward to working with the talented and committed coaches, student-athletes, and staff.

    “We will remain committed to a high standard of student-athlete success, which has been a hallmark of this department, and we will unleash the full potential of this athletic department to garner national recognition and to match the unprecedented trajectory of the university.”

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    At Northeastern, Konya will oversee the university’s 18-sport NCAA Division 1 program. He will also direct campus recreation, which offers more than 40 club and 30 intramural sports teams.

    In addition to his duties at Oakland, Konya served as chair of the Horizon League executive council and is a member of the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Committee.

    A graduate of Princeton who completed his J.D. at the University of Iowa, Konya previously served as athletic director at Northeastern State in Oklahoma, and has held athletic leadership positions at SMU, Memphis, Bucknell, and Texas-San Antonio.

    Konya will begin his tenure at Northeastern Feb. 1.

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