BC hires Martin Jarmond as new director of athletics

Scott McLaughlin
April 20, 2017 - 2:49 pm

Boston College announced on Thursday that it has hired Martin Jarmond as its new director of athletics. Jarmond comes to Chestnut Hill from Ohio State, where he served as the deputy director of athletics.

He succeeds Brad Bates, who resigned in February and took a job as vice president with Collegiate Sports Associates.

“I am delighted that Martin Jarmond will be the next athletics director at Boston College,” said BC president William P. Leahy. “His work as deputy director of athletics at Ohio State and at Michigan State have given him not only appreciation of the opportunities and challenges of intercollegiate athletics, but also experience in how to respond effectively to them. He is a person with high energy, infectious enthusiasm, and an impressive ability to engage with people and issues.”

Jarmond will be tasked with, among other duties, finding a way to turn around the Eagles’ football and men’s basketball programs. BC football hasn’t had a record over .500 in ACC conference play since 2009 and has gone 2-14 in league play over the last two years. The men’s basketball team, meanwhile, hasn’t gone over .500 since 2010-11 and has a dreadful 10-62 ACC record over the last four seasons.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the William V. Campbell Director of Athletics at Boston College,” said Jarmond. “I am grateful to Fr. Leahy and Boston College for entrusting me with this role. I have always believed that the commitment to high academic standards and competing at the highest level athletically are not mutually exclusive. The opportunity to serve at a top-notch academic institution in the ACC is a dream come true for me. I am passionate about helping young people develop and integrate the intellectual, athletic, social and spiritual components of their lives.

“My leadership style is consistent with BC’s values: operating with integrity, passion, and a relentless focus on getting better every day. I can assure you that I will put in the work to make our students, alumni, and fans proud of BC athletics. I knew it would take a special place to leave Ohio State. It is clear to me that Boston College is that place.”