Named Athletics Director At University Of Virginia
21, 2001-- Craig Littlepage, interim athletics director
at the University of Virginia since June, was named athletics director
by U.Va. President John T. Casteen III at a press conference today.
50, has been a member of the U.Va. athletics administration since
1990, most recently as senior associate director. In 1994-95 he
served as interim director for six months after Jim Copeland resigned
to become athletics director at Southern Methodist University.
search committee and I were impressed early in the search process
by Craigs standing among colleagues at peer institutions,
within the ACC and the NCAA, and among our coaches and student-athletes,"
Casteen said. "All identified his consistently strong leadership
as a core element of the success we have enjoyed under both Jim
Copeland and Terry Holland.
the end, after we looked carefully at a wide range of options, Craig
emerged as our unanimous choice. Over the past decade he has stood
out for his commitment to the overall well-being of our student-athletes,
particularly their academic progress, and for his thoughtful, collegial
approach to complex issues. Craig solves problems, believes in the
Universitys values, and embodies the concept of excellence
that we try to promote in all that we undertake.
has the ability to lead our athletics programs to the next level,
while at the same time maintaining our commitment to success in
the classroom. The coming years pose challenges of several kinds,
including financial challenges. I believe that Craigs experience
prepares him in unique ways to continue building on the foundations
already laid, while addressing larger issues that confront all major
collegiate athletics programs," Casteen said.
has served on a number of committees and governing bodies of both
the Atlantic Coast Conference and the National Collegiate Athletics
Association. He recently was named to a three-year term on the NCAA
Committee on Infractions, which deals with major violations of NCAA
rules. From 1997-2000, he was a member of the NCAA Academics, Eligibility,
and Compliance Cabinet, chairing that groups recruiting and
student-athlete reinstatement subcommittees.
is a special moment for me, and I am thrilled with the opportunity
to take over the leadership of the Department of Athletics at this
time in our programs history," Littlepage said. "We
have big challenges ahead, but with the commitment and continued
hard work of our staff, student-athletes, faculty, and loyal followers,
we can continue to build and reach for higher levels of success,
both academically and athletically."
graduate of the University of Pennsylvanias Wharton School
with a degree in economics, he had extensive collegiate coaching
experience before becoming an athletics administrator. He was head
mens basketball coach at Penn (1982-85) and Rutgers (1985-88)
and an assistant coach at Villanova, Yale and, for eight years,
at U.Va. under Holland (1976-82 and 1988-90).
athletics director, he succeeds Holland, who stepped down at the
end of May to become a special assistant to Casteen, focusing on
plans for a new arena and special events center at U.Va.
is married to the former Margaret Murray of Charlottesville. The
couple has three children, Erica (15), Murray (12) and Erin (10).
todays press conference, Casteen expressed appreciation for
the prompt, thorough work of the search committee. "I am grateful
to the committee for the seriousness with which it approached this
task, for the care with which it has exercised its duties, and obviously
for its success in bringing forward the person we are recognizing
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