FGCU Introduces New Athletic Director
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ken Kavanagh spoke to the school's coaches, students and administrators on Thursday.
Ken Kavanagh spoke to the school's coaches, students and administrators on Thursday.

FORT MYERS Fla. - Incoming Florida Gulf Coast University athletic director Ken Kavanagh was introduced to the school’s coaches, students and administrators Thursday afternoon.

Kavanagh will inherit the spot vacated by Carl McAloose, FGCU’s only other full-time athletic director. Kavanagh will officially begin his FGCU duties June 15 after spending 13 years at Bradley.

After FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw presented him with an FGCU windbreaker with his name and position stitched on, Kavanagh read from a prepared statement, thanking Bradshaw, the committee, his family and several ties from his previous positions who were on hand — former Bowling Green AD Jack Gregory, former Bradley booster club president Larry Dunn and former Bradley men’s basketball coach Charles Orsborn.

Kavanagh said FGCU, which has completed two of four transitional years into Division I, “is off to a terrific start thanks to the quality work done under Carl McAloose’s leadership.”

Kavanagh survived an original pool of 172 candidates and was picked by Bradshaw over three other finalists. He accepted the job May 7. Kavanagh was first introduced to FGCU last November, when he watched his men’s basketball team beat the Eagles and Richmond in the O’Reilly Auto Parts College Basketball Experience Classic at Alico Arena.

“With the successes, who wouldn’t want to be on board?” Kavanagh said. “I’m jumping on a bandwagon to a certain extent. Hopefully I can pull my fair share of weight and help the volleyball and baseball programs get ready for next year to go to the NCAA tournament and the other teams to be ready when it comes their turn in the cycle.”