Wisconsin-Milwaukee hires former OSU AD Geiger
Hoping to secure some stability at the top of its athletic
department, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hired former Ohio
State athletic director Andy Geiger on Thursday.
Geiger, who oversaw winning programs and major construction
projects but also weathered scandals during his time at Ohio State,
takes over a program that has gone through two full-time athletic
directors since 2009.
”We believe Andy Geiger possesses the leadership qualities to
bring stability and continuity to UWM Athletics during this
transitional phase,” chancellor Michael R. Lovell said in a
statement. ”During his extremely distinguished career, Andy has
gained an unparalleled breadth of experiences that will allow him
to fully support our coaches and to significantly enhance the
collegiate experiences of our athletic department’s greatest asset:
UWM’s student-athletes. His administrative and
facilities-development expertise will also be immensely helpful as
UWM embarks on a campus-wide strategic planning process.”
Former Green Bay Packers linebacker George Koonce was the
school’s athletic director from 2009-2010. He was followed by Rick
Costello, who stepped down earlier this year.
”The opportunity to be part of the leadership team at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is ideal for me,” Geiger said in
a statement. ”I am ready to apply the experience of 35 years as a
Division I athletic director to the student-athletes, coaches and
staff at UWM. I look forward eagerly to being part of the UWM
The 73-year-old Geiger said the opportunity was especially
meaningful because he’ll be working ”just a few blocks from where
my father was born and raised.”
Geiger was the athletic director at Ohio State from 1994 to
2005. He also was the athletic director at Maryland, Stanford,
Pennsylvania and Brown.
Geiger oversaw several major construction projects at Ohio
State, including the construction of the Jerome Schottenstein
Center arena and a significant renovation of Ohio Stadium. But the
school also weathered high-profile scandals during Geiger’s term,
including the dismissal of running back Maurice Clarett amid
allegations of improper benefits and the firing of basketball coach
Jim O’Brien after he admitted giving money to a recruit.
At the time of his retirement, he said in a statement that his
work ”is no longer fun, and that I don’t look forward with
enthusiasm to each day. Thus, it is time for me to change
directions, and time for Ohio State to seek new leadership.”
Geiger said in Thursday’s statement that he has ”great energy
and a deep commitment to serve” Wisconsin-Milwaukee.