Former Xavier athletic director who oversaw basketball transformation passes away

Former Xavier athletic director who oversaw basketball transformation passes away (Xavier Athletics)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Jeff Fogelson, who served as Xavier University athletics director from 1983-98 and oversaw the rise of the men's basketball program into a consistent NCAA Tournament team, has passed away, according to a story on the Xavier University athletics website.

Fogelson died on Tuesday, but no other details are currently available. Fogelson was 71 years old.

Fogelson came to Xavier after serving as associate athletic director at Georgetown from 1978-83.

He was hired in 1983 as Xavier's first-ever associate athletic director to take some of the workload off of then-head basketball coach and athletic director Bob Staak, however was promoted in January 1984 to take over as AD.

During his time at Xavier, the men's basketball program moved out of Schmidt Fieldhouse to the bigger Cincinnati Gardens. He also initiated a project that culminated in the construction of the Cintas Center, which has been Xavier's home since 2000. Fogelson hired Pete Gillen in 1986 and then Skip Prosser in 1994.

Fogelson left Xavier in April 1998 to take the athletic director position at Seton Hall, and remained there until 2006.

According to his LinkedIn profile he most recently worked in the administrative office at Beckett Ridge Country Club and was an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati.

He was inducted into the Xavier Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.





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