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March 24. 2014 9:50PM

St. Anselm names NH native Herlihy as new athletic director

The Hilltop hired a Granite State native to run its athletics program.

St. Anselm College President Steven R. DiSalvo announced Monday Jim Herlihy has been named the 11th director of athletics in college history.

Herlihy, a native of Newfields, N.H., served the last seven years as director of athletics at the University of Montevallo (Ala.). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Plymouth State University and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Alabama. Herlihy said he pursued the St. Anselm job because he’s familiar with the Granite State.

“Having grown up in Newfields and later spending four years at Plymouth State, this was an opportunity to work for a great institution and do what I love to do in my home state,” said Herlihy. “St. Anselm was looking for someone who was committed to their causes as a liberal arts schools. My goal is to achieve new levels of success at St. Anselm.”

At Montevallo, a Division II school, he oversaw 15 intercollegiate athletic programs, eight facilities, 35 employees and nearly 300 student-athletes.

St. Anselm also announced Monday Herlihy will become a member of DiSalvo’s cabinet. Herlihy replaces Jo-Ann Nester, who has served as director of athletics in an interim capacity since October. Nester also had a previous stint as the director of athletics from 2009-11 at St. Anselm.

Herlihy has over 25 years of experience in athletic administration. He led Montevallo through a period of transformational changes during his tenure. He spearheaded five new sport offerings and oversaw the development of new facilities for cross country, outdoor track and softball. He made renovations and upgrades for the baseball, soccer and tennis facilities.

Montevallo was honored by the Peach Belt Conference in 2009-10 and 2011-12 for its community engagement initiatives. In the fall of 2013, Montevallo was selected as the PBC winner and a national finalist for the NCAA DII Award of Excellence, which recognizes a commitment to growth opportunities through academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and development of positive societal attitudes in service to the community.

Herlihy currently serves on the NCAA DII Management Council, and as a member of the NCAA Division II Finance & Planning Committee and Division II Identity Committee. He’s also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and has served on the board of directors for the Division II Athletic Directors Association.

“I served with (former Southern New Hampshire University Director of Athletics) Chip Polak on that Division II board,” said Herlihy, who’s looking forward to being part of the Penmen-Hawks rivalry in the coming years. “I was excited to watch the televised men’s basketball game during the regular season between the two programs,” said Herlihy. “Those are two outstanding schools.”

Before Montevallo, Herlihy spent nearly four years as an assistant athletic director at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla.

He also worked in revenue-generating positions in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers. Herlihy started his career in collegiate athletics working in sports information at Bates College and Plymouth State University.

Herligh said he will begin working for St. Anselm College on May 1.

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