Greg Christopher named new Xavier AD

Xavier has chosen its new athletic director.

Greg Christopher will be introduced on Tuesday afternoon by Xavier president Fr. Michael J. Graham, S.J., as the replacement for Mike Bobinski, who has taken the same position at Georgia Tech. Christopher comes to Xavier after spending the last six-and-a-half years as the athletic director at Bowling Green State University.

Christopher becomes the 11th athletic director in Xavier history. The Musketeers will join the Big East in all sports beginning in the fall. The conference will undergo a reconfiguration with Xavier, Butler and Creighton joining holdovers Marquette, Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul.

“Greg’s commitment to student athletes is not just about winning games and matches,” said Graham. “Character and leadership building, academic excellence and community service are signature traits of how he runs a program.  His commitment to our Jesuit value of caring for the whole person, makes him the right choice to lead Xavier’s athletic teams into the Big East Conference.”

Christopher was an associate AD at Purdue prior to taking the job at Bowling Green. BGSU saw $60 million in new or renovated athletics facilities during Christopher’s tenure, including the Sebo Athletic Center and the new $36 million Stroh Center that is home to basketball and volleyball.

“I am honored to be joining Xavier Nation,” said Christopher. “The institution’s values and tradition of excellence in both academics and athletics make this a tremendous opportunity. I am thankful for the Xavier administration, especially Fr. Mike Graham and (Vice President) John Kucia, Mike (Bobinski) and the coaches and staff, who have created a strong foundation. This is a distinctive time in Xavier’s history and I am committed to building on its excellence by leading Xavier Athletics with integrity and passion.”