Athletics News

The `Nero Era' Begins for George Washington Athletics July 1

Patrick Nero

July 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC -- Incoming George Washington University Director of Athletics Patrick Nero officially begins his appointment July 1, signaling a new era in the direction of the GW Athletics Department.

"Together, we can take GW athletics to a new level, investing in facilities, programs and the success of the student-athletes," Nero said.

Nero is overseeing a department that has undergone several changes during the past few months. Entirely new coaching staffs for men's basketball, men's and women's cross country and volleyball, as well as new assistant coaches for men's and women's swimming and women's basketball have been--or are in the process of being--hired for the 2011-12 seasons. In addition, capital improvements to the turf playing surface at the Mount Vernon soccer/lacrosse field will take place during the summer and discussions are underway for significant upgrades to the Colonials' baseball facility in Arlington, Va. The redesigned official website of GW Athletics ( also is scheduled to launch in September.

Nero was named athletic director in April after Jack Kvancz announced his retirement.

Nero came to Foggy Bottom after having served as the Commissioner of the America East Conference. As the Chief Executive Officer, he was responsible for all facets of the operations of the NCAA Division I Conference, which consists of nine universities participating in 20 sports. While at the America East, he also has held numerous NCAA leadership roles, including serving on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council, NCAA Management Council and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Board of Directors. He is past chair of the Division I Commissioners Association and the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics.

Prior to being named Commissioner of the America East Conference, Nero was the Director of Athletics at the University of Maine. During his tenure at Maine, seven athletics teams qualified for the postseason over a two-year span, including NCAA Championship runner-up men's ice hockey.

Nero served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Miami (Fla.) from May of 1996 until March of 2003, where he was responsible for all aspects of external relations, including fundraising, marketing, corporate sponsorships, media relations, licensing and ticket sales. He directed a capital campaign and major gift activities for the department, including a new Convocation Center, a football training facility, a track and soccer stadium, and a baseball stadium renovation.

A native of Providence, R.I., Nero is a graduate of Providence College.